Inquiries after man dies in roof fall

THE Health and Safety Authority and local gardaí have both launched investigations into the death of a man who fell from the roof of a business premises in Kildare yesterday afternoon.

The accident happened at the Tegral plant in Athy at approximately 2pm.

According to sources the man, who is believed to be in his early 50s, had been working on the roof, fixing a section of it.

He fell from a large height through a hole which he had been working on and landed just yards from a man who was walking close by.

Meanwhile, a man in his late 50s was killed instantly when he was hit by a train in south Co Limerick.

The accident involved an InterCity train which departed Heuston Station, Dublin at midday yesterday.

Just before 2pm, near the village of Elton, Co Limerick, the train hit the man on the tracks.

The scene was adjacent to a bridge over the railway line.

An Iarnród Éireann spokeswoman said emergency services were quickly on the scene and services on the Cork-Dublin line would be disrupted for a number of hours.

She said as a result Iarnród Éireann was having to use buses to ferry passengers between Mallow and Thurles railway stations.

A passenger onboard the Cork-bound train said: “We could see fire crews, ambulances and gardaí milling around.”

Superintendent Tom Lundon of Bruff Garda district which is investigating the death said: “This is a tragic situation.”

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