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One Year Prison Sentence For Tipperary Farmer, Following Employee Fatality.

A Tipperary farmer has been given a 12-month prison sentence following a workplace fatality, which happened on his farm at Coleman, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, back on June 26th, 2016.

On that date, a Telehandler; [same machine widely used both in agriculture and industry], then being used to carry out work on the farm, went out of control before overturning, resulting in one farm employee losing his life and another employee suffering serious injuries.

The owner of the farm had pleaded guilty to charges of being in breach of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007.

At Clonmel Circuit Court, South Tipperary on Thursday last, July 6th, the farmer was sentenced to 12 months in prison, for failing to manage and conduct work activities in such a way as to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, the safety health and welfare of his employees at work.

The Health & Safety Authority confirmed that the Telehandler was found to be in a dangerous condition, unsafe and unfit for use, with brakes, accelerator cable, transmission selector, cab door and seat belt not properly maintained.

They add that it is essential that all employers make sure that operator training is provided to all workers and that risk assessments are carried out in advance of the work activities commencing.

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