HSE to face trial over paramedic's death

Monday 25 February 2013 16.04
The DPP consented for the HSE to be sent to trial on seven charges
The DPP consented for the HSE to be sent to trial on seven charges

The Health Service Executive has been sent forward for trial at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on charges arising from the death of a paramedic who fell from a moving ambulance.

At a hearing in Dublin District Court, a solicitor for the State said the DPP had consented for the HSE to be sent forward for trial on a total of seven charges.

Simon Sexton, 43, died after the door on the ambulance in which he was travelling opened in June 2010.

The charges being brought against the HSE are all under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

They include an alleged failure to ensure the design, provision and maintenance of plant and machinery are safe and without risk to health, and an alleged failure to provide systems of work that are planned, organised, performed, maintained and revised as appropriate so as to be safe and without risk to health.

Other charges include an alleged failure to provide the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure the safety, health, and welfare at work of employees and an alleged failure to ensure training is adapted to take account of new or changed risks to safety, health and welfare at work.

The HSE also faces a charge of alleged failure to identify the hazards in the place of work under its control, assess the risks presented by those hazards and be in possession of a written assessment of the risks to the safety, health and welfare at work of its employees.