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Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court was told that Harrington Concrete and Quarries employee Joseph Harrington, who was no relation to his employer, was working at Carrowscoilta Quarry in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, when the accident happened on 11 June 2015.
An inspection by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the Republic's national regulator for workplace safety and health, found the machine was inadequately guarded.
Ireland's national television and radio broadcaster RTE reported that the 27-year-old was suspected to have been releasing a blockage when he fell about 5 m into the crusher from an area that had no edge protection to prevent workers accessing the machinery. It is understood that he was killed instantly.
The company had earlier pleaded guilty to three offences under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act: ss 8(2)(c)(iii) and 77(9)(a), for failing to guard the crusher; ss 8(2)(e) and 77(2)(a), for failing to implement a safe system of work for unblocking the machine; and s 20(2) over its failure to ensure the safety statement contained safe operating procedures and instructions for the operation of the crusher.
Judge Rory MacCabe was reported as saying he found it "really disturbing" that the incident "could so easily have been avoided" but noted that Harrington Concrete and Quarries had carried out remedial works to prevent a similar accident happening again.
He gave the company six months to pay the fine plus €7,690 (£6,755) costs.
Mark Cullen, the HSA's assistant chief executive, said: "It is vital that employers ensure that they provide safe plant and machinery and that there are appropriate safe systems of work in place designed to protect their employees. Furthermore, such measures should be specified in the company safety statement.
"The failures that contributed to this incident are clear and the consequences for Mr Harrington and his family were tragic."
The Tudor Griffiths employee was injured on his first day working at the quarry in Ellesmere in Shropshire when his arm got caught and dragged into the nip point between the conveyor belt and the rotating tail drum. The worker required multiple skin graft operations on his arm and has been left with permanent scarring.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the apprentice was forming a piece of sheet metal into a radius using a three-roll bending machine when his gloved hand was drawn in by the in-running nip between two steel rollers. The HSE found that the accident, which happened at Air Management & Design's premises on Spencroft Road in Newcastle-under-Lyme on 3 March 2018 was more likely because he was using fully fingered gloves.
Shropshire Magistrates' Court was told how, on 24 January 2018 Ali Raza, who owned Al-Madina, was issued with a prohibition notice from a Telford and Wrekin Council food hygiene inspector as workers were at risk of amputation from an unguarded meat grinder. When inspectors returned to the store on 18 September that year they found there was still no safety guard on the machine, which is capable of grinding 21 lbs of meat per minute.
The operator of a theme park in Melton Mowbray that was found guilty of two breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) after an employee lost his thumb and fingers in a saw has been fined.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is reminding those responsible for the safety of high-rise residential buildings in England have six months from April to register with the new Building Safety Regulator by law.
Musculoskeletal harm now accounts for 27 per cent of all work-related disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost in New Zealand, according to a report from the country’s health and safety regulator, WorkSafe. A DALY is defined by the World Health Organization as one lost “healthy” life year.
Chipboard manufacturer Norbord Europe Limited has been fined £2.15m after a four-week trial held at Perth Sheriff Court in Scotland found that a series of failings at its Cowie site in Stirlingshire in July 2016 had led to an employee’s death.