At a sitting of Limerick Circuit Criminal Court this Monday, Judge Patrick Meghen imposed the fine of €75,000 on the local authority
A FINE of €75,000 has been imposed on Limerick City and County Council following a fatal incident at a machinery yard in County Limerick.
At a sitting of Limerick Circuit Criminal Court this Monday, Judge Patrick Meghen imposed the fine on the local authority following the accident at the Limerick City and County Council Machinery Yard in Newcastle West on April 14, 2015.
The accident occurred when an employee was passing through an automatic gate in the machinery yard when the gate closed on him and he sustained fatal injuries.
Mark Cullen, Assistant Chief Executive with the Health and Safety Authority said, “It is vital risk assessments are carried out on all areas of workplaces, including busy working yards and entrances to sites. Identifying hazards and assessing risk should be a priority, particularly in the case of automatic gates which can pose a particular hazard. Failure to do so has serious repercussions and can unfortunately lead to tragic fatal incidents like this one.”
The council pleaded guilty to three charges including under: Section 8(2)(c)(ii) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, in that they failed to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of employees, by ensuring so far as was reasonably practicable the design, provision and maintenance of a safe means of access to and egress from the said place of work
Section 19 (1) and Section 77 (2) (a) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 in that they failed to discharge their duty to identify the hazards in the place of work under their control and to assess the risks presented by those hazards and to be in possession of a written risk assessment of the risks
Regulation 11 (h) (i) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 and whereby a person suffered personal injuries as a consequence of the contravention contrary to Section 77 (9) (a) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 in that they failed to ensure that mechanical gates at the said place of work functioned in such a way that there was no risk of accident to employees and as a consequence an employee suffered personal injury and died.
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