19/06/2019

NI Firm Fined £15k After Man Dies On Work Site

A company in County Antrim is facing a fine of £15,000 after a man died at an excavation site at the rear of his house in Rathfriland.

Amalgamated Environmental Services (AES) Ltd, trading as AES Marconi, pleaded guilty to one breach of health and safety legislation at Newry Crown Court, after Mr Denis Paul Rodgers was found dead within an excavation site at the rear of his house. The site was being remediated following contamination with oil.
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An investigation by HSENI found that the work was not appropriately planned. An incomplete generic risk assessment had been conducted without visiting the site, security arrangements were not suitable to prevent access to the area, arrangements to assist tenants with necessary access to the area were not clear, and the risks associated with the work were not effectively communicated.

HSENI Inspector Jonathan Knox said: "Our thoughts are with the Rodgers family today. Denis' tragic death could have been avoided if access to the construction area to the rear of the property at Downpatrick Street, Rathfriland had been carefully assessed and effective controls put in place. 

"Careful consideration of the risks is vital to ensure that practical, and often simple measures are put in place to prevent such incidents from occurring.

"All contractors are reminded of the importance of the planning stage in any project. In particular, consideration should be given to the risks to those who are not working on the site, but still may be affected. Control measures must be reviewed as the work progresses."



(JG/CM)

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