Waste Firm Pleads Guilty to Breaking Workplace Safety Laws in Connection with Employee’s Death

A waste management firm has entered a signed plea of guilty to breaking safety laws in connection with the death of an employee in a workplace accident.

Key Waste Management was summonsed to appear at Dublin District Court on health and safety charges.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had directed a trial on indictment. The case had been adjourned until today for a book of evidence to be served.

However, a signed plea of guilty was furnished to the court by Ronan Kennedy SC, for the company.

Judge Bryan Smyth agreed to a request from State solicitor Mairead White to send the firm forward to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for sentencing, on July 31 next.

Waste Firm Pleads Guilty to Breaking Workplace Safety Laws in Connection with Employees Death Donegal
The case follows an investigation by the Health and Safety Authority.

The company faces charges under section eight of the Health, Safety, and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

It is accused of failing to provide a safe system of work, which was without risk to health.

It allegedly failed to safely manage work activities, specifically the operation of a Manitou Telehandler machine and the floor picking of waste by pedestrian workers in processing waste in a sorting shed.

The firm allegedly allowed Mr. Boguslaw Szbisty and another employee to work alongside a telehandler when there were no control measures in place in the shed separating them from vehicles, on March 18, 2016, at the firm’s premises at Greenhills Road, Walkinstown, Dublin 12.

As a consequence, Mr. Szbisty suffered personal injury and died, charges state.

The firm is a major provider of domestic wheelie bins and refuse bag waste collection services.

Learnings on Safety

The case, which unfolded in Dublin’s legal arena, sheds light on the profound repercussions that can arise from failing to uphold stringent health and safety standards within an organization. Beyond the legal proceedings, this incident serves as a stark wake-up call for companies across industries to prioritize the safety and well-being of their workforce, reiterating that the consequences of overlooking safety measures can be both legally punitive and morally devastating. Let’s look into the details of this case, examining the key takeaways and lessons that underscore the paramount significance of a robust workplace safety culture.

Regular safety training is not just a routine exercise; it’s a fundamental aspect of responsible business management. By investing in the well-being of your employees through consistent and effective training, you create a workplace that is not only safe but also productive, efficient, and conducive to long-term success. Remember, a commitment to safety today lays the foundation for a secure and prosperous future for your organisation.