Man crushed by tractor in second workplace accident in a week

Two separate investigations are under way after a man was crushed to death in a workplace accident in Cork City yesterday.

The 21-year-old from Mallow, north Cork, suffered extensive crush injuries when he was pinned under a tractor as it was tipping a load on Gasworks Lane, off the South Link Rd at around 12.30pm.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gardaí said they would not be releasing his name until all his relatives had been contacted. However, he was named locally as Diarmuid Cronin from Lavally, Mallow.

His body was removed to Cork University Hospital where an autopsy is to be carried out today by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

It is understood he was working for contractors at the time of the accident.

Gardaí sealed off the area around the accident for a full technical examination.

The coroner’s office has been notified and a file will be prepared for an inquest.

The Health and Safety Authority has launched a separate investigation and one of its inspectors also conducted an examination of the scene.

The accident occurred a week after a council worker died in an workplace accident near Douglas.

Michael O’Donovan, a married father-of-three in his mid-40s, died after a tree fell onto wires and dragged down a telephone pole, which struck him. The accident happened at Carr’s Hill on the Cork-Carrigaline road.

The county council’s health and safety department issued a directive to all staff banning all tree-felling and use of chainsaws pending a review.


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