Terex accept safety breaches over worker’s death

A CHARGE of corporate manslaughter against a Tyrone-based company has been ‘left on the books’ at Dungannon Crown Court, after a number of safety breaches were accepted.

A representative appeared in the dock on behalf of Terex GB with an address given as Coalisland Road, Dungannon.

It was alleged the company, which manufactures machinery for stone crushing and screening, caused the death of their employee, Steven McTeague, on July 14, 2016, in a way amounting to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care.

He was employed at the company’s Killyclogher site near Omagh.

It is further alleged Terex GB failed to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees; failed to ensure persons not in employment but affected, were not exposed to health and safety risks, and failed to make suitable and sufficient risk assessments for health and safety of employees.

Previously, when each charge was put, the defence replied, “On behalf of the company, we plead not guilty.”

At that point, Judge Stephen Fowler ruled a trial will take place this month.

When the trial was to begin on Tuesday, defence lawyers indicated a change of position and asked for formal re-arraignment.

The company representative pleaded guilty to the health and safety charges.

The manslaughter charge was not put and a lawyer appearing for the Public Prosecution Service said, “It is our application to have that matter left on the court books and not proceeded with without leave of the court.”

Members of the victim’s family were present in the public gallery, some whom wept throughout the short hearing. 

Judge Fowler adjourned sentencing under next month. Mr McTeague had become trapped under machinery and despite being rushed to South West Acute Hospital, passed away a few days after the incident.

Originally from Omagh, the 51-year-old married, father of two sons, had recently moved to Loughmacrory.

He was a keen photographer and golfer. In the immediate aftermath, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland, launched an investigation into the incident.

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