Hayes Fuels pleads guilty to safety failings after man’s death


One of Northern Ireland’s leading fuel distributors and operators, Hayes Fuels, pleaded guilty on Thursday to breaching health-and-safety legislation following the death of one of its employees.

No details were given to Belfast Crown Court, but the case arises out of the tragic death of 49-year-old Mark McCarroll who died in hospital on March 29, 2013, two days after an accident at the company’s Ballyutoag Road depot to the north of Belfast.

At the time it was reported that Mr McCarroll died from chest and other injuries after being struck by pallets he was working on beside in the depot’s yard.

A director of the firm, Allister Hayes, and a risk manager, Stanley Gibson, both admitted breaches in the health-and-safety legislation.

Mr Gibson pleaded guilty to two charges, while Mr Hayes, on behalf of the company, pleaded guilty to charges of failing to ensure the safety of their employees and failing to ensure the safe storage of materials and objects.

The case was adjourned until next month.