A large Northern Irish farming company has been fined £187,500 in the UK’s second successful corporate manslaughter case, following gross failings that led to the death of a worker.

Belfast’s Laganside Crown Court heard how Robert Wilson, 45, was killed while working at a JMW Farms site at Tynan, County Armagh, when a metal bin fell off a fork-lift truck on top of him. JMW Farms pleaded guilty to corporate manslaughter and was fined £187,500 plus £13,000 costs. It was Northern Ireland’s first successful corporate manslaughter case.

Passing sentence, the recorder, Tom Burgess, said: “This is a serious matter which requires a substantial fine to be imposed to reflect the culpability of the company, but also to send a message to all employers that their duty to their employees is daily and constant and any failure to discharge that duty will be met with condign [appropriate] punishment.”


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