Dungannon firm fined for joiner accident


A Dungannon company who admitted breaches in Health and Safety rules resulting from injuries suffered by a joiner working on one of Northern Ireland’s top hotels was fined £2,400 and ordered to pay court costs of almost £1,800.

Belfast Crown Court Judge Sandra Crawford told Raptic Ltd director James Hughes she was taking into account the fact that it has been in business for 25 years and in that time has “never been the subject of a health and safety investigation nor breach proceedings.”

The company, which is based on Granville Road and employs eight people, admitted a breach in their duty in planning supervision, and also failing to ensure the safety of a non-employee - namely a joiner who was working an extension at the Galgorm Resort and Spa on the outskirts of Ballymena on September 5, 2014.

The joiner fell four meters, sustaining multiple injuries including nine broken ribs and a fractured hand, which he continues to have difficulties with. He was rushed to hospital where he remained for 17 days. Fining Raptic, Judge Crawford said that whilst they had undertaken a risk assessment, they had failed to disseminate the contents of the assessment, and failing to enquire that the necessary safety equipment was available on site.