Co. Tyrone firm fined after death of man at livestock mart

Date published: 13 March 2020

A Co. Tyrone firm was today fined £12,500 following the death of a man at a livestock mart in Clogher.

Clogher Valley Livestock Producers pleaded guilty to one breach of health and safety legislation at Dungannon Court, following an incident where a farmer Mr Harry McAnespie died after being struck by a gate at the livestock mart in June 2018.

Mr McAnespie had been struck by an inadequately maintained steel stock-proof gate when a young bull had attempted to jump over the gate, this incident resulted in Mr McAnespie receiving serious head injuries. The gate had a defective latch which meant the gate could not close properly. These type of gates are common in this mart and throughout the industry.

HSENI Inspector Sean Keogh said: “Employers must ensure that all plant and machinery is properly maintained in an efficient state and in efficient working order to protect both their employees and members of the public.”

Notes to editors: 

1. Breaches and fines for Clogher Valley Livestock Producers are as follows:

a) Article 5(1) of the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978; fine £12,500;

2. For media enquiries please contact HSENI Press Office on 028 9024 3249, or email media@hseni.gov.uk

3. For Out of Office Hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110.

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