US firm Terex fined £150k over death of Northern Ireland employee Steven McTeague
An American manufacturing company has been fined £150,000 over the death of one of its employees.
Father-of-two Steven McTeague was fatally injured when he was crushed between two mobile machines at the Omagh premises of Terex GB Ltd in 2016.
The Co Tyrone man was moving one of the stone-crushing machines using a handheld controller, when it veered off towards another parked machine, causing him to become trapped.
Mr Teague suffered severe injuries to his chest and died in hospital three days later.
Terex previously pleaded guilty to three health and safety violations.
Northern Ireland Health and Safety Executive Inspector Kyle Carrick said the "tragic death" could have been avoided.
“Our thoughts are with the McTeague family today. Steven’s tragic death could easily have been avoided if his employer had properly considered the risks associated with the movement of mobile plant within the stockyard," he said.
“Risk assessment is a relatively straightforward process. It simply involves identifying the risks and putting measures in place to manage them. In this case careful consideration as to the layout of the stockyard would have gone some way to preventing this tragic incident from occurring.
“Manoeuvring mobile plant using handled controllers poses significant risks if operators cannot safely maintain good separation distances during the movement of such equipment.”
In a statement, Terex offered their "most sincere condolences to Steven’s family, friends and workmates. Steven was a highly valued team member and friend, and his absence has been deeply felt".
The company said that it has always taken "the health and safety of its employees extremely seriously. We have cooperated fully with the investigation into this tragic accident and will continue to work closely with the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland.
"Terex has also taken additional steps to ensure that an accident such as this does not occur again by further strengthening our Health and Safety guidance and training," the statement added.
"We are deeply committed to providing the safest possible workplace environment for all of our team members."
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