Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), today (5th August 2015) wishes to clarify the situation regarding the recent temporary cessation of ice production at its Ice Plants in Kilmore Quay, Howth and Dunmore East. The health and safety issues relate to best practice with regard to employee health and safety. It is very important to note that there is absolutely no public safety risk involved.
BIM would also like to state that there is currently ice available to fishermen in all three plants.
BIM was proactive in initiating the audit and acted immediately in the interests of its employees and contractors once certain health and safety issues were highlighted.
The decision to temporarily stop the production of ice on the 31st July was taken to ensure compliance with current Health and Safety workplace regulations. The safety of employees and contractors at the Ice Plants is a priority for BIM. Following the health and safety risks highlighted in the audit, the Board took decisive action in temporarily closing the plants in order to assess these risks further and to resolve the issues as soon as possible.
Many of BIM’s Ice Plants are old buildings dating from the late 1970s. As a result, this can pose challenges with regard to modern health and safety standards. One issue identified as a risk in the audit relates to personnel shortages with some staff working on their own in the plants. BIM fully understands the importance of the Ice Plants to the fishing industry and is doing everything in its power to resolve the issues and reopen the plants as soon as possible.
BIM is available to provide further information and advice on 01-2144100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org