A construction company has been fined €25,000 after a block wall fell on a man killing him in his garden.

Cork Circuit Criminal Court was told that construction work was being carried out to extend storage areas at the rear of Padraigin's Pizza at St Patrick's Quay in Bandon, when a boundary wall fell on pensioner William O'Driscoll.

Health and Safety Inspector Frances Murphy told the court that infill was being loaded against the wall on the restaurant side and the wall could not take the load.

Two loads of material had been put against the wall and a third was being unloaded when the wall collapsed.

Inspector Murphy said it was a difficult site to work on as the area was tight and very sloped.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said one did not have to be an engineer or a builder to appreciate how potentially lethal the piece of work that was being undertaken was.

Judge Ó Donnabháin said it was 40 years since he had a shovel in his hand but even to him it was "manifestly dangerous".

McCarthy Greenbuild Construction Limited had pleaded guilty to a charge of exposing a member of the public to risk contrary to health and safety legislation on 15 September 2014.

In her victim impact statement, Mr O'Driscoll's widow Nell told the court that she and her husband had been married for 50 years. 

She said her husband loved his garden and treasured his time there and in his workshop. 

She said she could not now look out or go into the garden without being reminded of the terrible event that caused his death.