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Firm fined £30k after two people injured by falling steel tubes

McAuley Precision Ltd in Ballymoney. Credit: Google
McAuley Precision Ltd in Ballymoney. Credit: Google

A Co Antrim firm has been fined £30,000 after two people were serious injured when stainless steel tubes and pipes fell on top of them.

McAuley Precision Limited in Ballymoney pleaded guilty to three health and safety breaches at Antrim Crown Court on Tuesday when the two people sustained serious injuries after stainless steel tubes and pipes fell on them from an overloaded Cantilever racking system.

Both individuals, one of whom was an employee, suffered a number of serious crush injuries in relation to the incident.

Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland Inspector Lee Dougan said: “The investigation found that the racking was substantially overloaded prior to the accident.

"The company also failed to make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment regarding the loading of the racking.

"The maximum safe working load and design configuration for any racking installation should be conspicuously displayed and never exceeded. Racking should always be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

“This incident was entirely foreseeable and could have been avoided if simple control measures had been put in place.”

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