Two die in work accidents

A CONSTRUCTION worker on the Cork Main Drainage Scheme was killed instantly yesterday when a dumper driven by one of his colleagues overturned, rolled down an embankment and pinned him underneath.

Kieran Brown, 44, from Araglin, near Mitchelstown, was working in small trench at the base of an embankment at a drainage scheme construction site on the Skehard Road in Mahon when the accident occurred at 1.45pm yesterday. Mr Brown, who was married, was an employee of McGinty and O’Shea Ltd, one of 18 contractors working on the drainage scheme for Cork Corporation.

Yesterday gardaí and two inspectors from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) began two separate investigations into the tragic accident, which brings this year’s construction-related death toll to 12.

Shortly after the accident a colleague of Mr Brown, who asked not to be named, described how the dumper had fallen down the embankment before anyone knew what was happening.

“It just tumbled on top of him from the bank. He was killed instantly”, he said adding that the driver of the dumpster had escaped uninjured.

Workers on the site at the time of the accident were too shocked at what they had seen to comment.

“We’re just in shock. We can’t speak now,” said one colleague.

The driver of the dumper was reported to be shocked and devastated.

A spokeswoman for McGinty and O’Shea Ltd said that the company had no comment to make while the investigations were ongoing.

“We have no comment to make at the moment. The gardaí are investigating,” the spokeswoman said.

A Corporation spokesperson said: “It is being dealt with now by the gardaí. Obviously we are deeply distressed by the accident and our deepest sympathies go out to his family.”

Mr Brown’s death was the second industrial-related fatality to occur yesterday.

Another man died in an industrial accident at a factory in Co Kildare when he was crushed under a three-tonne cement block in Kill.

Meanwhile, a young man is in a critical condition in hospital and another is stable after a fall at a quarry near Cork City.

Both men are in their 20s and were rushed to Cork University Hospital after the accident at Beaumont Quarry in Ballinlough, at midnight yesterday.

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