BIM suspends ice plant production at plants

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has temporarily suspended production at ice plants at Howth, Kilmore Quay and Dunmore East due to health and safety concerns.

The company said that the issues relate to best practice and there is absolutely no public safety risk involved.

Ice is currently available to fishermen in all three plants.

It said that it had been proactive in initiating an audit and acted immediately in the interests of its employees and contractors once certain health and safety issues were highlighted.

BIM said the decision to temporarily stop the production of ice on July 31 was taken to ensure compliance with 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,” BIM said.

Trawler operators have said they are concerned over the temporary closure of the ice plants at three of the country’s main fishing ports.


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