Dairy farmer fined for serious injury to teenage worker

Date published: 18 March 2016

At Armagh Magistrates Court today, dairy farmer David Murphy was fined £1,000 for a health and safety breach that led to the serious injury of a teenage worker.

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Today’s sentencing comes as a result of a Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) investigation into the incident in June 2015 on Mr Murphy’s land in Killylea, County Armagh.

While erecting a fence, the young worker’s left leg was impaled by one of the prongs of a silage buckrake which fell from the front of a telescopic materials handler.

Speaking after today’s sentencing Kevin Campbell, an inspector with HSENI’s Major Investigation Team, said: 

“Farmers must ensure that proper systems are in place to prevent employees being injured. In addition, the correct equipment must be used and be maintained in good working order.  Any misuse of equipment, or the wrong choice of machinery has the potential for things to go wrong, resulting in serious injury, as was the case in this totally preventable accident.”

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Notes to editors: 

  1. The details of the defendant sentenced today are as follows: Mr David Murphy, 87 Derryhawe Road, Tynan, County Armagh, BT60 4RY
  2. The health and safety breach was as follows: Article 4 of the Health and Safety at Work Order (NI) 1978
  3. The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.
  4. HSENI is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland

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