Company director jailed over death & deception

A man who was disqualified from being the director of a company has been jailed for fraud and safety offences, while a second man was given a suspended sentence for similar offences.

Paul O’Boyle was jailed for a total of 26 months and disqualified from being a company director for 15 years after a worker was killed by a metal box that fell from a crane.

He was already disqualified from acting as a company director for 12 years in 2006 but continued to act as director for a number of companies.

An investigation found that the crane involved in the accident had not been checked and tested as required by law and there was inadequate supervision and training.

HSE Director of Operations, Tim Galloway said:

“Sadly one of the many areas that was seemingly overlooked was the system of work surrounding the overhead crane. Had this been properly assessed then Ian’s tragic death could have been prevented.”