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Terex admits breaches after death of Steven McTeague at Omagh plant

Fatally injured: Steven McTeague
Fatally injured: Steven McTeague

By Michael Donnelly

A US-owned firm has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches arising out of the death of Northern Ireland father of two Steven McTeague in 2016.

A charge accusing Terex GB Ltd of causing the unlawful death of Mr McTeague, 51,  on July 14, 2016 through a gross breach of its duty of care, was not proceeded with and "allowed to remain on the books".

The Omagh man died in the South West Accute Hospital, Enniskillen, three days after being trapped under machinery at the company's Killyclogher site where he worked.

At Dungannon Crown Court  defence QC Frank O'Donoghue asked for all but the first charge under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act of 2007 to be put to director Paul O’Donnell.

As each of the three remaining charges of failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees; failing to ensure persons not in employment, but affected, were not exposed to health and safety risks, and failed to make suitable and sufficient risk assessments for health and safety of employees, Mr O'Donnell replied: "On behalf of the company guilty".

Following the guilty arraignment, prosecution QC Charles MacCreanor said that the pleas having been entered, he would apply to the court for the first count to be "left on the books, on the usual terms".

Judge Stephen Fowler said that he would deal with the case next month, hearing both from the prosecution and the defence for the Tyrone based company which manufacturers equipment used in the construction, quarrying and mining industries.

Judge Fowler said he would then wish to given the case some consideration before finally proceeding to pass sentence.

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