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Ireland: massive fine boost

Ireland: massive fine boost
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The fine imposed on an Irish concrete products manufacturer after an employee was killed has been increased on appeal, from €125,000 to €1million.

IOSHMagazine reports the man died at Kilsaran Concrete in Piercetown in September 2011 when he was working on the wet cast manufacturing unit. The unit was housed inside a caged area due to the risk of moving machinery. He was working inside it when a hydraulic arm crushed him against a vibrating table.

The company pleaded guilty to a breach of Ireland’s Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and was fined €125,000, while a manager was personally charged and fined €10,000 for personally authorising the man to work inside the cage.

On appeal, the court said the company had made “a calculated decision to take unjustified risks” by encouraging staff to work inside the cage; one senior manager had gone so far as to require workers to enter the cage.

The Irish regulator, the Health and Safety Authority, said the incident arose from a deliberate breach of safety procedures  and showed a “blatant disregard” for the safety of staff.



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