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Hayes Fuels guilty over safety breach that led to man's death

By Michael Donnelly

Published 28/08/2015

One of Northern Ireland's leading fuel distributors and operators, Hayes Fuels, has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety legislation following the death of one of its employees
One of Northern Ireland's leading fuel distributors and operators, Hayes Fuels, has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety legislation following the death of one of its employees

One of Northern Ireland's leading fuel distributors and operators, Hayes Fuels, has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety legislation following the death of one of its employees.

No details were given to Belfast Crown Court, but the case arose out of the death of 49-year-old Mark McCarroll, who died in hospital on March 29, 2013, two days after an accident at the company's Ballyutoag Road depot in north Belfast.

At the time it was reported that Mr McCarroll died from chest and other injuries after being struck by pallets he was working on.

A director of the firm, Allister Hayes, and a risk manager, Stanley Gibson, both admitted breaches.

Mr Gibson pleaded guilty to two charges, while Mr Hayes, on behalf of the company, pleaded guilty to charges of failing to ensure the safety of its employees and failing to ensure the safe storage of materials and objects.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC adjourned the case until next month.

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