Corporate Manslaughter Fine (Northern Ireland)

Fines were issued 15th October, plus costs, at Belfast’s Laganside Crown Court under Corporate Manslaughter legislation for health and safety failings that led to the death of 47 year-old employee. The conviction followed a joint Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) investigation into the fatal incident, which involved unguarded moving machinery, and took place on an animal feed mixing plant.

Under Corporate Manslaughter legislation companies and organisations can be found guilty as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.

Following the hearing, Kevin Campbell, an Inspector with HSENI’s Major Investigation Team said: “This case highlights the importance of proper management of health and safety in the workplace. Management need to ensure that all aspects of their work are adequately addressed, with appropriate measures put in place where necessary. The removal of safety guards from the machine and the continued use of the machine ultimately led to the death of Norman Porter. The company allowed the use of the unsafe machine.”

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