The director of a Co Antrim roofing company pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of one of its employees, Hugh Thomas Jack, on behalf of the company four years ago.
The 59-year-old father of five died in the accident in a building where he worked in Carryduff on the outskirts of Belfast on December 3, 2016.
Following Stephen Heaney’s guilty plea on behalf of H&M Engineering and Roofing, a charge directly accusing him of wrongful death and “allowed to stay on the books” was withdrawn.
No details of the Scot’s death were released during the brief hearing at Downpatrick Crown Court. Defense QC Frank O’Donoghue apologized on behalf of Mr. Heaney and the Ballymena Company.
Mr O’Donoghue said the company’s 52-year-old executive wanted him to publicly apologize and acknowledge the death of Mr Jack, which appeared to have been very traumatic to his immediate and surrounding family.
The attorney added that Mr. Heaney and Mr. Jack had worked closely together for many years and that his death apparently also had a significant impact on his client, who at the time wanted to express his regrets and understanding of the seriousness of the matter.
In addition to the corporate manslaughter charges, Mr. Heaney pleaded five health and safety violations on behalf of H&M Engineering and Roofing Specialists Ltd of Hillview House, Hillview Street, Ballymena.
Belfast-based Judge Geoffrey Miller QC, who asked for written submissions and other reports on the case, adjourned the conviction until next month.