A Northern Ireland farming company has been fined £187,500 and will have to pay £13,000 costs following the tragic death of a young farm worker in Tynan, County Armagh.
The victim, Robert Wilson had been working on a pig farm in November 2010 when he was hit by a bin that had fallen off a forklift being driven by Mark Wright, a JMW Farms Limited director.
The fine is the first of its kind used in relation to new corporate manslaughter legislation in which companies can be deemed responsible for serious failures as a result of gross breach of care.
Louis Burns, of the Health and Safety Executive, said the case ‘highlights the importance of managing health and safety’. He continued: “The judgement sends a clear message to the directors in Northern Ireland, whether of a small or large organisation, that they should take health and safety seriously. This new corporate manslaughter legislation clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies where serious failures in the management of health and safety result in a fatality.”
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Date published: 15/05/2012
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