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Campbell comments on judgement about landfill death

February 2, 2011 4:29 PM

NEWTOWNABBEY: ANTRIM LINE: Cllr Tom CampbellNewtownabbey Alliance Councillor Tom Campbell has said that a case involving waste firm Biffa following the death of a David Layland at a landfill site in Mallusk should act as a warning to other employers regarding the paramount importance of health and safety issues.

Cllr Tom Campbell said: "This incident was a real tragedy that must never be forgotten. This case must evoke terrible memories for the family and friends of Mr Layland, who have suffered so much, and my thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time.

"This case should act as warning to other employers for the need to take the health and safety of their employees as their paramount consideration.

"The judge stated that the dangers on the landfill site were both obvious and recognised. He also found that there was a substantial failure regarding Biffa's health and safety measures. This case should warn employers of need to place health and safety measures at the top of their agenda."

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