Firm fined after stone-crusher death
A company has been fined a total of €500,000 by a Circuit Court judge for breaches of health and safety arising from the death of a young employee who fell into a stone crusher almost four years ago.
Mayo- based Harrington Concrete and Quarries must also pay €7,690 costs in a prosecution by the State following the death of Joseph Harrington (27) on June 11, 2015. Mr Harrington was killed instantly when he fell an estimated five metres into a stone crusher in a quarry at Carrownascoltia, Aghamore.
The company, which has a staff of 190, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
Judge Rory MacCabe said he found it "really disturbing" that Mr Harrington's death "could so easily have been avoided". He noted the company has made considerable effort to carry out remedial work in its operation - "a dangerous operation". Imposing a fine of €1m - mitigated by 50pc to €500,000 - the judge said the fine has to be proportional and stipulated it must be paid within six months.
He sympathised with the family and girlfriend of the deceased.