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March 20, 2020

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Firm fined after death of man at livestock mart

A Co. Tyrone firm has been fined £12,500 following the death of a man at a livestock mart in Clogher.

livestockClogher Valley Livestock Producers pleaded guilty to one breach of health and safety legislation at Dungannon Court, following an incident where farmer Mr Harry McAnespie died after being struck by a gate at the livestock mart in June 2018.

Mr McAnespie was 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 gate had a defective latch which meant the gate could not close properly. These types of gates are common in this mart and throughout the industry.

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.”

Breaches and fines for Clogher Valley Livestock Producers were as follows:

  • Article 5(1) of the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978;
  • Fine £12,500.

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