Northern Ireland

Fermanagh firm fined over pensioner's death

Image caption The company was fined at Laganside Court

A Fermanagh joinery company has been fined £2,000 after a 76-year-old man died when a caged platform fell on him.

The accident happened at Walter C Campbell Joinery's workshop at Ballinamallard, County Fermanagh, on 3 February 2010.

Norman Hanna, a self-employed electrician, died after the caged platform he was being lifted in fell off a forklift truck.

He fell with the cage and was crushed by it.

An investigation by theHealth and Safety Executivefound that the platform was not securely attached to the forklift at the time of the accident.

It also found that no suitable method had been developed to allow the work at height to be completed in a safe manner.

After the hearing, Kevin Campbell, an inspector with HSENI's major investigation team, said: "It is essential that companies identify and address all significant risks within the workplace.

"Working at height is a well-recognised risk across all industries and there are numerous systems available that allow workers to work safely.

"All types of work at height must be properly planned and supervised so that workers are not injured or killed."

At Laganside Crown Court on Friday, Walter C Campbell Joinery admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Order (NI).

As well as a fine, it was ordered to pay costs of £1,750.

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