Irish Cement Limited (ICL) has been fined €225,000 following the serious injury of an employee in a workplace incident nearly four years ago.
Judge Martina Baxter has fined Trim Circuit Court in Platin Works, Platin, Drogheda £225,000 after pleading guilty to breaches of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 .
The case arose following an incident on April 17and 2018, when a worker was seriously injured when the articulated tractor and trailer he was driving overturned while overturning a load in the Petroleum Coke fuel storage yard at Irish Cement Ltd., Platin Works, Drogheda , County Louth. An investigation by the Health & Safety Authority concluded that not all appropriate safety measures were in place at the time of the incident.
Irish Cement Ltd. pleaded guilty to section 15(3) of the Safety, Health and Work Act 2005 contrary to section 77(9)(a) of the Safety, Health and Work Act 2005 labor (concerning the general obligations of persons controlling a workplace). work to ensure that the workplace, the means of access to and egress from it and any article or substance provided in that workplace are safe and without risk to health) and Article 19 (5 ) of the Safety, Health and Work Act 2005 contrary to section 77(2)(a) of the Safety, Health and Work Act 2005 (regarding the carrying out of an assessment of risks).
“This is an unfortunate and serious incident that could have been avoided. Employers must ensure that safe access and egress is provided for facilities and equipment used in the workplace to protect employees. and others from hazards and risks arising from vehicles in the workplace,” said Mark Cullen, Chief Inspector for the Health and Safety Authority. “It is of the utmost importance that employers , when risks have been identified, take the appropriate measures and put in place control measures to eliminate or reduce the identified risks”.