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Company fined €100,000 after worker killed on his first day

Following the death of a twenty-year old worker who was on his first day in the job, a hardware hire and safety training company was fined €100,000 by the Circuit Criminal Court recently. The company pleaded guilty to two charges under the SHWW Act 2005. Giving evidence, HSA inspector Terry Hallahan told the court that […]

Trip injury costs employer €66,300

A worker who suffered injuries to his shoulder, hip and knee, after he tripped at the entrance of the place he worked for more than 30 years, was awarded damages of €66,300 by the High Court recently.  The worker claimed that he tripped after his foot struck a lip between the top of a paving […]

Nine Enforcement Orders Served on Food Businesses in September

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that 8 Closure Orders and 1 Prohibition Order were served on food businesses during the month of September for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010. The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental […]

Failure to provide handrail costs pub owner €19,75

Awarding €19,750 damages to a woman who was injured after slipping on a ramp in a pub, a High Court judge said the owner was negligent in failing to provide a hand-rail on the left-hand side of a descending ramp. Earlier the court heard that the injured woman was attending a friend’s twenty-first birthday party […]

PHECC publish revised FAR standard

The revised PHECC First Aid Response (FAR) standard, which has been recognised by the HSA as meeting the standard required for occupation first aid training for the workplace, was published last month. The PHECC FAR standard has been designed to offer appropriate training to individuals and groups who require a first aid skill set including […]

Employer not insurer of safety in all circumstances

Dismissing a claim by a supermarket cleaner that he suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, a High Court judge held that the employer was not an insurer of the worker’s safety in all circumstances. Mr Justice Bernard Barton went on to say that the employer’s failure to have a risk assessment for the […]

Construction Regulations to be amended to protect Safe Pass

The HSA is consulting on prop-osed Construction Regulations amendments to ensure that Safe Pass card holders will have to take the course again in order to obtain a new Safe Pass card. This move by the HSA is in response to a challenge to Safe Pass now before the High Court, similar to the O’Connell […]

Army recruit injured in fall awarded €37,500

An army recruit, who was injured while on a training exercise, was awarded damages of €37,500 by the High Court sitting in Cork recently. The court heard from the recruit that she was participating in an exercise on a night in November 2010, when she fell down an embankment. The court heard that she lost […]

Employer to appeal over training for post collection

An employer, one of whose employees slipped on stairs as he was bringing post to a franking machine, is appealing an award of €110,000 in damages by the High Court. The court heard that the employee, who had been working with his employer for 38 years and had been collecting the post for a number […]

Safety lessons from the Coroners’ Courts

Recent rulings from the Coroners’ Courts include recommendations on forklift training and a case in which an individual was attacked by a cow. The Coroners Act 1962 requires coroners to hold inquests into violent or unnatural deaths and deaths which occur suddenly or in a place or circumstances that in the coroner’s opinion warrant holding […]