Ireland: Irish Cement has been fined Euro225,000 after it pleaded guilty to breaches of local health and safety laws. The legal case related to incident that occurred in April 2018 at the integrated Platin cement plant in Meath. An employee of the subsidiary of CRH was seriously injured when the articulated tractor and trailer unit he was operating toppled over whilst he was tipping a load in the petroleum coke fuel storage yard. An investigation by the Health & Safety Authority concluded that not all appropriate safety measures were in place at the time of the incident.
Mark Cullen, chief inspector with the Health and Safety Authority said, “This is an unfortunate and serious incident that could have been prevented. Employers should ensure that safe access and egress is provided for plant and equipment being used in the workplace to protect employees and others from the hazard and risks arising from vehicles operating in the workplace. It is of the utmost importance that employers should, where risks have been identified, take the appropriate measures and put in place the control measures to eliminate or reduce the risks identified.