Wednesday 13 November 2019

HSE for trial over ambulance fall death

THE Health Service Executive is accused of breaking health and safety regulations over the death of a paramedic who fell out of an ambulance, writes Tom Tuite.

Father-of-six Simon Sexton (43) fell out of the moving vehicle on the N3 in Stradone, Co Cavan. Mr Sexton (pictured below), who was from Cavan, died a short time after the accident on June 3, 2010.

The Health Service Executive now faces a court accusation of failing to ensure the safety of employees in the workplace. The case – listed as DPP v HSE – was before Dublin District Court yesterday morning.

A state solicitor told Judge John O'Neill that the DPP had consented to the HSE being sent forward for "trial on indictment".

Judge O'Neill then said he was "returning the HSE for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court" on seven charges.

The HSE has not yet indicated how it will plead and its case will next be listed in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on March 22.

Irish Independent

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