Irish Recycler Fined $65K Plus after Worker Dies

A fine of $65,496 was handed down recently by Judge Moran in the Limerick Circuit Criminal Court to "Mr. Binman," a waste collection and recycling company, providing services to both household and commercial customers in Ireland since 1994.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the fines were imposed for breaches of health and safety legislation on March 21, 2008 at Luddenmore, Grange Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. The case arose as a result of the death of John Wright, an employee of Mr. Binman. (WCxKit)
Wright was involved in an accident at the waste management facility where he was struck with a loading shovel machine. Wright, a bin truck driver, was walking from his truck to the offices/canteen area when the incident occurred.
Wright was removed from the scene to the Limerick Regional Hospital where he later died from his injuries. He had worked for Mr. Binman for approximately 14 years and was 64 years old.
Speaking after the judgment, Martin O’Halloran, chief executive of the Health and Safety Authority, said, “This accident was foreseeable and preventable. It is clear in this case that "Mr. Binman" failed in its duties to ensure that mobile machinery and pedestrians could move about the workplace in a safe manner.”

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