Dungannon construction company prosecuted following workers death

Date published: 10 March 2017


Mid Ulster Contracts Limited was today fined £50,000 at Londonderry Crown Court for Health and Safety failings which led to the death of an employee.

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Today’s sentencing comes after a Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) investigation into an incident at a construction site at Culmore Road in Londonderry on 6 November 2014.

Mr Phillip Fenwick was assisting in a lifting operation of a roof truss, which was being hoisted by its apex using a homemade lifting accessory.  During this operation Mr Fenwick was struck on the head by the roof truss, sustaining a fractured skull and tragically died the following day from his injury.

Speaking after the hearing Mr Jonathan Knox, an Inspector with HSENI’s Major Investigation Team, said:

“My thoughts today are very much with Phillip Fenwick’s family circle.

“Lifting operations can often put people at great risk of injury and sadly, as in this case, can lead to death.  It is essential therefore that employers ensure that any lifting operation is appropriately resourced, properly planned and organised by a competent person, to ensure that it is carried out in a safe manner.”

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Notes to editors: 

1.  The details of the defendant sentenced today are as follows: Mid Ulster        Contracts Limited, 36 Coolmaghery Road, Dungannon, BT70 3HJ

2.  Health and safety breaches and fines were as follows:

         a.  Article 4(1) of the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland)                       Order 1978 - £10,000

         b.  Article 5(1) of the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland)                       Order 1978 - £10,000

         c.  Regulation 8(1)(a) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment                 Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 - £20,000

         d.  Regulation 10(1) of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations               (Northern Ireland) 1993 - £10,000

3.  The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is an                Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Department      for the Economy.

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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