Wednesday, August 07, 2019

A BUILDING at Boortmalt’s malting facility in Athy partially collapsed last Tuesday afternoon 30 July, the company has confirmed.

Aerial photos of the building obtained by the  Kildare Nationalist show debris scattered on the site near its boundary with the Kilkenny road.

It is understood that the building involved in the incident was a steep house. Nobody was injured as a result of the collapse and the building has been secured.

A statement issued by Boortmalt said the cause of the building collapse are not known at present.

“At approximately 4pm on Tuesday 30 July, a building on the site suffered a partial collapse. Thankfully, no member of staff was injured. The reasons for the collapse are unknown at this stage,” the company explained.

“Safety is our main priority, we have secured the affected building in line with approved health and safety protocols, and commenced a comprehensive investigation into the incident. A further update will be provided when available.”

The incident took place less than two weeks after Boortmalt announced that construction is underway at The Maltings as part of a multi-million euro expansion in Athy.

Capacity will be increased by 40% to 140,000 tonnes, due to demand in Ireland, and work has begun on building two germinating vessels, a new steep house, a circular kiln and a utilities building.

While direct employment won’t increase at Boortmalt as a result of the investment, jobs are likely to be created as a result of the enhanced capacity, including in the supply chain. The plan is to be operational by January 2020.

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By Conor Forrest
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