Workplace accidents in Limerick on the rise

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

NEW figures show the number of work-place fatalities in Limerick quadrupled last year compared to 2010.

NEW figures show the number of work-place fatalities in Limerick quadrupled last year compared to 2010.

NEW figures show the number of work-place fatalities in Limerick quadrupled last year compared to 2010.

According to the Health and Safety Authority’s Annual Report for 2011, four people died in workplace accidents across the city and county.

Three pensioners died in accidents on farms throughout the year and a 39-year-old postman died when he was knocked down while delivering post on a pedal-bike on the northside of the city.

The HSA says there were a further 330 non-fatal workplace accidents in Limerick last year, which accounts for 4.7% of the national total.

The report shows there were two successful prosecutions in Limerick last year.

Mr Binman Ltd was fined €40,000 in relation to the death of an employee in 2008 and Carty Contractors Ltd was fined €2,500 in relation to the death of a worker in Clonlara in 2010.