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Kitchen firm facing trial after worker needed amputation of finger

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Kitchen firm facing trial after worker needed amputation of finger

A KITCHEN manufacturing firm is facing trial on health and safety charges after a worker suffered injuries which required having a finger amputated.

East Coast Kitchens Factory Ltd of Mornington, Co. Meath was summonsed to appear at Dublin District Court following an investigation by the Health and Safety Authority.

It faces three charges under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act in connection with an alleged incident on July 23, 2015 at Stephenstown Business Park in Balbriggan, Co. Louth. It is alleged the firm did not provide an adequate guarding in operation of an Altendorf E45 sliding table saw

It is also accused of failing ensure the workplace was safe and without risk and as a consequence the worker suffered personal injury. The last charge states it failed to provide protective devices preventing access to a danger zone of equipment's moving parts and

To decide on jurisdiction Judge John O'Neill was furnished with medical reports.

He noted the worker was a young man who seems to have been back working in a limited capacity shortly after the incident.

He was not satisfied that the case was suitable to be dealt with in the district court and refused jurisdiction meaning the firm will be tried in the circuit court, which, on conviction, has wider sentencing powers.

He adjourned the case until a date in February to allow the DPP's office prepare the book of evidence.