Limerick waste company pleads guilty over employees death

Petula Martyn

Reporter:

Petula Martyn

LIMERICK’S biggest waste collection company has admitted breaching health and safety regulations resulting in the death of an employee three years ago.

LIMERICK’S biggest waste collection company has admitted breaching health and safety regulations resulting in the death of an employee three years ago.

aherdavin man John Joseph Wright was killed while working at the Mr Binman waste management facility at Luddenmore, Grange, Kilmallock on March 21, 2008.

The 64-year-old from Glenmore had worked with Mr Binman as a truck driver for more than 12 years.

At Limerick Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, a company representative entered guilty pleas to two charges in connection with the incident which resulted in the death of the father-of-four.

The Mr Binman company admit that it failed to manage and conduct work activities in such a way as to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare of its employees. The charge states that loading shovel operations were carried out without any adequate measures to divide pedestrians from vehicular traffic, and as a consequence, Mr Binman employee John Wright suffered personal injury and died.

The company also admit failing to ensure that an outdoor place of work at the facility was organised in such a way that pedestrians and vehicles could circulate in a safe manner.

The Health and Safety Authority carried out an investigation into the cause of the incident,

Sentence will be imposed next month.