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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Three agri companies fined by HSA for safety breaches

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Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

Three agri-food companies were fined by the Health and Safety Authority last year for breaches of safety measures.

In its 2016 annual report, the HSA details that it imposed total fines of €614,000 after 17 prosecutions.

Liffey Meats was fined €2,000 after a case was heard in Virginia District Court and Liffey Meats pleaded guilty to two charges: Failure to provide information, training and supervision and failure to provide and maintain suitable PPE.

The investigation arose following an accident in March 2015 when an employee was working in a laboratory and an agar jar exploded / disintegrated which caused injuries leading to loss of an eye.

Avoca Agri Limited was fined after a hearing at Arklow District Court, Co. Wicklow in October 2016. This case arose from an incident which occurred in July 2015.

It failed to comply with health and safety regulations when an employee received injuries to his left hand while removing a stone from the base of a screw auger/conveyor. It was fined €500.

Naas Farm Machinery was fined after a hearing in Naas Circuit Court in December 2016, where it pleaded guilty to four charges, including that it failed to ensure that no person under 18 years of age was employed to operate lifting equipment, employees were not provided with supervision and training necessary and work at height was not properly planned or appropriately supervised.

It was fined a total of €6,000 for the four offences.

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