Monday 11 December 2017

Firm fined €1m after death of local man

Barry Gargan died in concrete plant accident

A concrete products manufacturer, who showed a 'reckless disregard for safety in the pursuit of profit', has had their fine for an incident in which a local man was killed increased to €1 million by the Court of Appeal.

Kilsaran Concrete, with an address at Piercetown, Dunboyne Co Meath, had pleaded guilty to failing to manage and conduct work activities in such a way to ensure the safety, health and welfare at work of employees at its plant in Piercetown in September 2011.

Barry Gargan (28), a native of Clogherhead, died instantly when a cleaning arm descended, crushing him, inside the safety cage of a machine at the company's plant in Co Meath.

Kilsaran Concrete was fined €125,000 by Judge Michael O'Shea at Trim Circuit Criminal Court on February 18, 2016.

The Director of Public Prosecutions sought a review of the fine on grounds that it was 'unduly lenient', and the case subsequently went to the Court of Appeal. Kilsaran Concrete was described in court as a 'substantial entity with very significant assets and turnover'.

Drogheda Independent

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