Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Firm fined £65k over site death of worker

A construction firm has been fined £65,000 for breaching health and safety legislation following the death of one of its workmen at a Belfast apartment block.

John Graham (Dromore) Ltd pleaded guilty to two breaches of legislation at Belfast’s Crown Court on Thursday. The Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland brought a case against the firm following the death of south Belfast man Gerard Morgan. The 53-year-old labourer died after a telehandler reversed over him at the old Ormeau Bakery site on February 27, 2008.

An investigation was launched by the authority which found the company did not ensure that the telehandler driver had an adequate field of vision at the rear of the machine.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk