Company fined €80,000 after fatal accident on construction site

January 10, 2023

[Ireland] A construction company has been fined €80,000 after breaching health and safety legislation.

The prosecution arose after an accident on 15 April 2019 at a partially-constructed building in Leighlinbridge, County Carlow.

An employee of Drumderry Aggregate Limited t/a Drumderry Pre Cast suffered personal injuries and died when he fell from a height whilst in the process of installing precast concrete slabs at the first-floor level of the building.

The company had pleaded guilty to one charge, in that they failed to manage and conduct work activities in such a way as to ensure the safety of employees and they failed to provide systems of work that were planned, organised, performed and maintained.

Drumderry Aggregate Limited t/a Drumderry Pre Cast pleaded guilty to breaching Section 8(2) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 as it relates to Section 77(9)(a).

Mark Cullen, Interim Chief Executive Officer, HSA said: “Employers have a duty to ensure that workers are protected from any potential hazards that arise in their workplace. Failure to do so in this case has regrettably led to the fatal injury of an employee.

“Working at height is a known high-risk activity and it is vital that before the commencement of any work activity, employers and duty holders carry out risk assessments and make sure the required safety precautions and appropriate control measures are in place to protect workers.”

 

This is valid as of 10th January 2023.

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