Kerry businesses fined for breaches of welfare regulations

Fines of 500 and 750 euro have been imposed on two Kerry businesses for breaches of welfare at work regulations. The company’s pleaded guilty to the breaches at Listowel District Court. The charges relate to work which was undertaken at a boiler house at the Kerry ingredients plant. Two charges were brought against Kerry ingredients and a further charge was brought against a contractor Atlantic projects for work carried out on removing asbestos.Under safety legislation all employers must have a safety statement which contains a risk assessment. All hazards must be identified and controls put in place to ensure work takes place in the safest possible manner. The health and safety authority maintained in court that Kerry ingredients failed to make adjustments to its safety plan and failed to abide by the procedures in the plan. This meant that the company did not identify asbestos on the roof beams in the boiler house. They pleaded guilty and were fined 500 euro for two breaches. Meanwhile their contractor Atlantic projects was fined 750 euro for failing to put in place proper controls to protect employees from exposure to asbestos during maintenance on the boiler house.