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Company fined €125k after employee has four fingers amputated

Another employee had died using the same machine several years before.

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TRIM CIRCUIT COURT has fined a company €125,000 after an industrial accident which left an employee with four fingers amputated.

Judge Michael O’Shea made the decision to issue the fine to Kilsaran Concrete ULC, after the company had previously pleaded guilty to the breach of safety regulations.

The court heard that, on 15 May 2014, employee Tomas Moran was cleaning the dosing section of a machine involved in the manufacturing of concrete products when he had four of his fingers amputated.

An investigation from the Health and Safety Authority found that there was no safe system of work in place to clean the machine involved in the accident.

An employee of the company was killed in September 2011 while working on the same machine.

Earlier this year, the Court of Criminal Appeal increased the fine handed down to Kilsaran for that incident from €125,000 to €1 million.

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