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Firm fined £15k after worker hit by concrete slab debris fell four metres

A company of building contractors has been fined £15,000 for breaches of health and safety legislation which led to the injury of a worker who was a promising motorcycle racer.

Belfast Crown Court heard that Adrian Donnelly (19) sustained injuries to his head, face, back and chest after a concrete slab shattered on a building site at Poleglass and he was struck by debris, before falling four metres to the ground on February 22, 2007.

The west Belfast firm of Tully and Son Ltd from Hannahstown, who were the principal contractors on the site at the Springbank industrial estate, pleaded guilty to two breaches of Health and Safety orders. A lawyer said the company had ceased trading due to what he called their “parlous financial situation”.

A sub-contractor, Gerald Quinn trading as QFix from Magherafelt, also pleaded guilty to two offences under the legislation.

Judge Tom Burgess will sentence the second defendants after hearing a summary of their financial position next Wednesday.

Mr Donnelly was not present in court yesterday but in a statement he said that four years after the accident he still suffered flashbacks.

The court heard both defendants had previously unblemished health and safety records.

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