Electricity company fined €20,000 over death of security guard in Meath six years ago

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The fine was imposed today.

An electricity company has been fined €20,000 for the death of a security guard at a County Meath business park almost six years ago.

EES Enterprise Electrical Services of the Tallaght business center pleaded guilty last February to failing to carry out the necessary search on the door of Navan Business Park or how it was installed to ensure its safety before the death of Victor Alonge.

The 44-year-old man’s body was found under the electric rolling gate on the morning of July 25, 2016.

He was crushed to death when the one-ton door fell on him the previous night as he tried to close it manually after the electric motor failed.

The Health and Safety Authority told the court that there had been continuing problems with the electric motors at the door in question, as well as two others between April and June this year.

An investigation concluded that metal stop plates welded to the doors would have prevented them from being torn from the pillar and swinging over.

A victim impact statement from Mr Alonge’s widow said she and her family would never get over their grief and loss.

Judge Terence O’Sullivan noted that EES was fully insured before the incident, before imposing a fine of €20,000 with prosecution costs of over €12,000.