Northern Ireland

Rasharkin man fined over slurry container deaths

Dutch workers examine the scene
Image caption Workers examining the scene at the farm where the accident happened in June 2005

A NI contractor has been fined £3,000 for failing to carry out a number of safety procedures which resulted in the deaths of two farm workers.

James Wilson, 21 and Kenneth Blair, 33, died after a slurry container burst open in 2005.

The accident happened at Ballela, County Down.

Trevor Moore, 53, from Townhill Road, Rasharkin, was given three years to pay the fine because he has since been declared bankrupt.

The 22-metre flexible storage bag containing the slurry was the first of its type in Northern Ireland.

The two men's bodies were retrieved by specialist rescue teams after a tanker driver dialled one of their phones.

The men were pumping waste from a tanker when the accident happened. They were hit by thousands of gallons of waste.