Waste Management Company Fined After Death of Worker

A fine of €40,000 has been handed down by Judge Moran in the Limerick Circuit Criminal Court to Mr Binman. The fines were imposed for breaches of health and safety legislation on the 21st  March 2008 at Luddenmore, Grange Kilmallock, County Limerick. The case arose as a result of the death of John Wright, an employee of Mr Binman.

On 21st March 2008, at approximately 10.50 am, Mr. Wright, was involved in an accident at a waste management facility in which he was struck with a loading shovel machine. Mr Wright, a bin truck driver, was walking from his truck to the offices/canteen area when the incident occurred. Mr Wright was removed from the scene to the Limerick Regional Hospital where he later died from his injuries. He had worked for Mr Binman for approximately 14 years and was 64 years old.

Speaking after the judgement, Martin O’Halloran chief executive of the Health and Safety Authority said: “This accident was foreseeable and preventable, it is clear in this case that Mr Binman failed in its duties to ensure that mobile machinery and pedestrians could move about the workplace in a safe manner.”

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