Northern Ireland

Contractor fined over fatal fall at Co Armagh farm

A contractor has been fined at Newry Magistrates Court following a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive over a fatal fall at a Camlough farm.
A contractor has been fined at Newry Magistrates Court following a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive over a fatal fall at a Camlough farm.

A CONSTRUCTION contractor has been fined over the death of a man who fell through a roof at a Co Armagh farm.

Self-employed contractor Jerome McCaffery was prosecuted following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into a fatal fall in Camlough in November 2020.

Mr McCaffery (57) was overseeing the replacement of perspex lights at a building on the farm when he fell through the roof.

The investigation found that no control measures were in place to prevent falls from height or to avoid working on the fragile roof structure.

The contractor was fined £2,500 at Newry Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to one health and safety offence.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Lee Dougan said following the sentencing: "Falls from height remain the single biggest cause of workplace fatalities and serious injuries in Northern Ireland. Working on fragile roof surfaces is a high-risk activity.

"As far as possible, contractors should plan and organise work to keep people away from fragile surfaces and consider safer alternatives such as suitable work access platforms."