Guilty plea over Drummonds deaths

A company prosecuted by the Health and Safety Authority following the deaths of two employees a local grain plant, pleaded guilty at Dundalk Circuit Court last week.

A company prosecuted by the Health and Safety Authority following the deaths of two employees a local grain plant, pleaded guilty at Dundalk Circuit Court last week.

Local men Terry Brennan (19) of Knockcorr, Knockbridge and Paul Farrell (35) of Cherrywood, Tallanstown died following an industrial accident at the Drummonds’ premises in Knockbridge four years ago.

Company Director Patrick Ryan entered the guilty plea last Friday morning on behalf of Drummonds Limited of Paddingstown, Clonee, County Meath, to failing to discharge the duty of an employer under the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act, on in and around Knockbridge on the 10th of August 2009.

The charge relates to failing to provide a system of work - in relation to working in an elevator pit, that was planned, organised, maintained and revised as appropriate, to be - in so far as reasonably practicable, safe and without risk to health as a consequence of which employees Paul Farrell and Terry Brennan suffered personal injury and died.

Judge Rory MacCabe adjourned the case until today (Tuesday) when a date for sentencing will be fixed.

Barrister Eamonn Coffey B.L - who represented both men’s families, told the court that victim impact reports will be prepared.