Kildare Chilling Company in County Kildare, Ireland, has been fined €400,000 after pleading guilty to breaching the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.
The fine follows a fatal accident in which an employee was struck and crushed by a mobile forklift truck while he was walking across an open yard at the Kildare Chilling plant in February 2018. An investigation by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) found that appropriate safety measures were not all in place when the accident occurred.
The fine was imposed regarding the Company’s admitted failure as an employer to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, the safety and health at work of its employees. They failed to manage and conduct work activities, specifically:
- the operation of a forklift truck in proximity to pedestrians
- providing a traffic management system that allowed for designated pedestrian routes
- the wearing of hi-vis clothing
- crossing points
- safety warning signs at its place of work.
Mark Cullen, Chief Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority said, “Companies should have in place safe systems of work and traffic management systems that provide for designated pedestrian routes to protect employees and others from the hazard and risks arising from vehicles operating in the workplace. Employers should also ensure that operators of plant and equipment have the necessary information, instruction and training and that the plant and equipment being used is regularly maintained and safe.”
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