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Firm fined after death of man at Clougher Valley livestock mart

Harry McAnespie

A Co. Tyrone firm has been fined £12,500 following the death of a man at a livestock mart in Clogher.

Clogher Valley Livestock Producers pleaded guilty to one breach of health and safety legislation at Belfast Crown Court today (Friday).

The judgement came following an incident where a farmer, Harry McAnespie, died after being struck by a gate at the livestock mart in 2018.

The 80-year-old suffered severe head trauma in the incident on June 23, 2018.

He was air-lifted to hospital but passed away during the early hours of the following day.

Mr McAnespie had been struck by an inadequately maintained steel stock-proof gate when a young bull had attempted to jump over the gate.

The gate had a defective latch which meant the gate could not close properly.

These type of gates are common in this mart and throughout the industry.

HSENI Inspector Sean Keogh said: “Employers must ensure that all plant and machinery is properly maintained in an efficient state and in efficient working order to protect both their employees and members of the public.”

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