Monday 21 April 2014

HSE pleads guilty over death of paramedic

Simon Sexton

THE Health Service Executive has pleaded guilty to a charge arising out of the death of a paramedic who was killed when he fell from an ambulance.

Father of six, Simon Sexton  from Stradone, Cavan, died when he fell from an ambulance after one of its doors opened while it was bringing a patient to Dublin on June 3, 2010.

The HSE’s director of ambulance services, Robert Morton today pleaded guilty on behalf of the HSE at the Circuit Criminal Court to one count  contrary to section 19 of the Safety, health and Welfare at Work Act.

This was that the executive failed to have in its possession on June 3, 2010 a written assessment of the risks, safety, health and welfare at work to its  employees presented by the use of rear hinged side doors on ambulances in the north east region.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring fixed June 27 for a sentencing date when victim impact statements and any other evidence will be heard.

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