Construction industry case is sent to Antrim Crown Court

A CASE linked to the construction industry was mentioned at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday and the matter has been sent to Antrim Crown Court.

S Higgins Construction Ltd, with an address listed on the charge sheet as Drumard Hill, Knockloughrim, are charged with, being an employer, failing to provide and maintain plant and systems at work that were,so far as reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health, contrary to the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978.

The charge relates to November 16, 2018.

A second charge faced by the firm, is that on the same date there was a failure to ‘take all practicable steps necessary to prevent danger to any person to ensure that any new or existing structure did not collapse due to carrying out construction work in breach of Regulation 19 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 contrary to the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978’.

Also in court was Richard McClure (34), with an address at Ballyhome Road in the Revellagh area near Portrush.
He faces two charges related to November 16, 2018.

The first was that ‘being an employer, failed to conduct your undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, that persons not in your employment who may be affected thereby, were not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety contrary to the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978.’

The second charge was ‘being a principal contractor, failed to plan, manage and monitor the construction phase and coordinate matters relating to health and safety during the construction phase to ensure that, as far as was reasonably practicable, construction work was carried out without risks to health or safety, in breach of the Regulation 13 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 contrary to the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978’.

The case has been sent to Antrim Crown Court for arraignment in December.

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