Written Answers. - Health and Safety Regulations.

Brendan Howlin

Question:

83 Mr. Howlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if the Health and Safety Authority has yet completed its investigation into the death of a person in an industrial accident at a plant (details supplied) at Cobh, County Cork in January 2001; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7106/01]

The Health and Safety Authority is the State body charged with overall responsibility under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989, for the administration, enforcement and promotion of statutory provisions on occupational safety and health.

While the investigation of incidents, such as the one referred to by Deputy Howlin, is a day-to-day matter for the authority, I have been informed by the authority that it has completed its investigation into this particular incident. The authority is presently reviewing its report on the matter as to what action it may now take. In view of this, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.