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Aer Lingus fined after driver’s fatal fall at Dublin Airport

Ireland’s national airline has been fined over its failure to protect non-employees from exposure to safety risks after a worker was fatally injured at Dublin Airport.

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Driver John Murray, who was employed by a logistics company, was collecting packages at an Aer Lingus cargo warehouse at the airport on 5 November 2014. He fell from a loading bay and died of head trauma some days later.   
The airline failed to apply its own procedure, the Central Criminal Court was told, which required drivers to enter and leave the warehouse via stairs and a doorway adjacent to the loading bay.
 
Aer Lingus pleaded guilty to an offence under s 12 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, contrary to s 77(2). It was fined €250,000 (£213,000) on 20 March.

 

Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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