Limerick waste company pleads guilty to health and safety breaches following accident

A WASTE disposal company has pleaded guilty to multiple charges relating to an industrial accident at a waste recycling facility in West Limerick almost three years ago.

A WASTE disposal company has pleaded guilty to multiple charges relating to an industrial accident at a waste recycling facility in West Limerick almost three years ago.

An employee of Derry White Skip Hire Limited sustained serious injuries and had an arm amputated after he became entangled in machinery while working at the facility at Mount Plummer, Broadford on June 23, 2009.

At Limerick Circuit Court, Derry White - a director of the company - pleaded guilty to a total of eight charges on behalf of the company.

All of the charges were brought under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, following an investigation by the Health and Safety Authority.

The charges include not having proper safety guards installed on a conveyer belt at the facility and not having an emergency stop system in place.

Derry White also pleaded guilty to similar charges brought against him in relation to the incident but charges against another director of the company were withdrawn by the DPP following his guilty plea.

Brian McInerney BL, representing both the company and Derry White, said although there were multiple charges in the case there was “in essence, one incident”.

Judge Carroll Moran adjourned sentencing until February 7 next.

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