Cookstown construction company fined £17.5K for injuring student

A COOKSTOWN construction company has been fined £17,500 for injuring a work experience student.

Reid Engineering Ltd was fined the substantial sum at Omagh Crown Court last Thursday, after pleading guilty to two breaches of health and safety regulations.

The accident happened when the 17 year-old was completing a work experience program with the County Tyrone firm at a building site in Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh last May.

During the work the student was lifted on a wooden pallet along with three other workers to allow them to get onto a roof. During this process, the student fell off the pallet.

The HSENI investigation revealed that the pallet had been raised to a height of nearly eight metres.

The pallet had no handrails or other suitable protection devices to prevent workers falling off, and had no suitable means of being secured to the telescopic materials handler.

After the hearing Mr Kevin Campbell, an inspector with HSENI’s Major Investigation Team said: “Companies need to identify and address hazards within the workplace. Where work at height is planned, appropriate measures must be put in place to allow the workers to access that area, and suitable measures in place to prevent them falling while working. Failure to take measures could result in workers falling to their death.”

The company were also ordered to pay prosecution costs.