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Dungannon contractor fined £50k for fatal truss lift

13 Mar 17 Mid Ulster Contracts Ltd has been fined £50,000 for safety failings that led to the death of an employee during a lifting operation.

Londonderry Crown Court heard how Phillip Fenwick was assisting in a lifting operation of a roof truss, which was being hoisted by its apex using a homemade lifting accessory.  During this operation Mr Fenwick was struck on the head by the roof truss, sustaining a fractured skull and tragically died the following day from his injury.

The incident occurred at a construction site at Culmore Road in Londonderry on 6th November 2014.

Mid Ulster Contracts Ltd of Coolmaghery Road, Dungannon was found to have breached articles 4(1) and 5(1) of the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 and was fined £10,000 for each offence.

It was also in breach of regulation 8(1)(a) and 10(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 and fined a total of £30,000 for these.

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