Northern Ireland

Shorts fined £80,000 over worker's death

Shorts Brothers PLC has been fined a total of £80,000 for health and safety breaches following the death of an employee.

John Halliday Frazer, who was 63, was killed when a lorry reversed over a pedestrian walkway at the east Belfast site in September 2008.

Mr Frazer, who was a fitter and had worked for the company for 34 years, died at the scene.

The company admitted two breaches of health and safety.

Belfast Crown Court Judge Tom Burgess said the firm had shown genuine remorse but it was an extremely serious breach.

Shorts Brothers' parent body, Bombardier Aerospace, said in a statement the company deeply regretted Mr Frazer's death and offered condolences to his family.

"Mr Frazer was a popular, hard-working member of our workforce, having been employed by the company for over 30 years," the statement said.

"The health and safety of our employees, visitors and contractors is of the utmost priority for us, and Mr Frazer's death has had a profound impact on all concerned.

"We have co-operated fully with the Health and Safety Executive investigation and, over the past two years, we have given absolute priority to reviewing and making significant investment in improving our traffic management system across all our Northern Ireland sites."