A Co. Tyrone firm was, today (Friday, March 13th), fined £12,500 (over €14,000) following the death of a man at a livestock mart.
Clogher Valley Livestock Producers pleaded guilty to one breach of health and safety legislation at Belfast Crown Court, following an incident where a farmer, Mr Harry McAnespie, died after being struck by a gate at the livestock mart in June 2018.
The court heard that McAnespie had been struck by an “inadequately maintained steel stock-proof gate” when a young bull had attempted to jump over the gate.
This incident resulted in Mr McAnespie receiving “serious head injuries”. The court was told that the gate had a defective latch which meant the gate could not close properly.
HSENI inspector, Sean Keogh, said: “Employers must ensure that all plant and machinery is properly maintained in an efficient state and in efficient working order to protect both their employees and members of the public.”
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