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Mayo companies face prosecutions in relation to workplace death

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THREE Mayo-based companies are to be prosecuted for health and safety related offences following the death of a 31-year-old Castlebar man following a fall at work in Kiltimagh.
Lorcan Deasy of Errew, Castlebar suffered serious head injuries following who fell from a height while working as an electrician on January 8, 2018. He was brought to the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin but died from his injuries on January 15, 2018.
Mr Deasy was working for Ivan Kelly Electrics of Cloonkedagh Road, Kiltimagh on a job in CMS Distribution, Bohola Road, Kiltimagh when the accident occurred.
Mr Patrick Reynolds, counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions told Judge Fiona Lydon at last week’s sitting of Castlebar District Court that prosecutions were being brought against CMS Distribution, Ivan Kelly Electrics and Vincent Burke Construction of Cloonlee, Knock.
Mr Reynolds explained that refurbishments were taking place in the CMS Distribution building and Mr Kelly was carrying out electrical works on the canteen and offices. Vincent Burke was also working on the building and he had scaffolding partially dismantled prior to the accident.
Mr Reynolds said the accident was not witnessed by anybody as Mr Deasy was alone at the time but an employee of CMS heard a loud bang, similar to a ladder falling.
The court heard that the charge against Vincent Burke was the lack of a warning sign on the scaffolding and Mr Kelly faced three charges relating to having an unsafe system of work resulting in death. CMS faced prosecution over the lack of construction supervisor on the work.
Mr Brendan McDonagh, counsel for Mr Kelly said his client was pleading guilty to two of the three charges but there was a ‘technical issue’ on one of the charges which he needed to consider. The other defendants said they were pleading guilty to the offences.
Judge Lydon said she would have to consider whether to accept jurisdiction in the case and adjourned the matter until April 16 for this purpose.

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