A Co Meath concrete products firm which was fined €1m last year over the death of an employee in 2011 was fined €125,000 at Trim Circuit Court today for a safety breach in 2014 which left another worker seriously injured.
Kilsaran Concrete Piercetown Dunboyne pleaded guilty to failure to have a safe system on work in place at the wet cast production area of its plant at Piercetown Dunboyne contrary to the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act resulting in injury to an employee on 15 May 2014.
An inspector from the Health and Safety Authority told the court the victim who was cleaning a machine used to feed concrete into rubber moulds lost four fingers on his left hand when another worker unaware of what his colleague was doing accidently turned on the machine.
In a victim impact statement read in court the man said he still suffers pain, finds everyday tasks such as zipping his jacket or picking things up very difficult and is prone to feeling stressed moody and anxious.
Judge Michael O'Shea who noted the serious nature of the man's injuries and the steps taken by the company imposed a fine of €125,000.