Company fined €40,000 over death of worker in Donegal

 

A company has been fined €40,000 after the death of an employee at the Hydro Race Bridge in Gweedore in 2018.

Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court ruled today that Deane Public Works Limited, based in Enniskillen, “failed to provide a system of work that was planned, organised, performed, maintained and revised to be, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risk to health for accessing, using or moving floating pontoons safely, resulting in the death of an employee”.

The Health and Safety Authority say that the incident occurred when an employee of Deane Public Works Ltd was attempting to move a floating pontoon which was located under the bridge, to prevent construction debris entering the water. As the pontoon was being moved the employee lost his footing, and then subsequently fell into the river and drowned.

Mark Cullen, Assistant Chief Executive with the Health and Safety Authority said that “It is vital that all construction work is carefully assessed and planned in advance to ensure the safety and health of all employees, especially so where the workplace is adjacent to water. Working on or near water presents particular hazards that have to be carefully considered, failure to do so in this instance led to a tragic outcome that could have been prevented.”

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