Quarry death firm fined

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A quarry company has been fined £150,000 after an employee was found fatally injured beside a dump truck.

Northern Ireland firm FP McCann pleaded guilty to two breaches of health and safety legislation following an incident in 2015 at its quarry near Magherafelt. Belfast Crown Court heard the vehicle had no parking brake, no emergency steering and no working seat belt.

Victor Nicholl, (62), had worked for the company for 19 years and had been moving material from a crushing and screening plant to a stockpile area. The vehicle was found stationary with the wheels lodged in the edge protection along the haul road and Mr Nicholl was lying beside one of the front wheels with fatal head injuries.

Anne Boylan, principal inspector at the Health & Safety Executive in Northern Ireland, said: “The vehicle that Mr Nicholl was driving on the day of the incident had not been maintained in a safe condition and was not fit for use in a hazardous environment such as a quarry.”

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