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Thursday 21 November 2019

Lorry driver killed in crane accident at city's docklands

A man died in the incident at the north docks in Dublin Port
A man died in the incident at the north docks in Dublin Port

An investigation is under way after a man died following a crush incident in Dublin's Docklands.

Emergency services were alerted to the scene at North Docks at 10.30am yesterday where they discovered a lorry driver who had sustained fatal injuries. The man, who was in his mid-50s, was later brought to a local mortuary where a post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out.

It is understood that the dead man was from north Dublin.

Crane

Sources said he was killed following an incident involving a crane and a container.

A forensic examination of the scene was later carried out by garda crime scene officers.

The Health and Safety Authority has been made aware of the incident and is carrying out its own investigation, while a garda probe is also under way.

A file will also be prepared for the local coroner.

Following the tragedy, the trade union representing dock workers called for better protection for its members across the country. They have also called for a meeting with Business Minister Heather Humphreys to improve safety conditions in the workplace.

Siptu Ports, Docks and Harbour organiser Jerry Brennan said: "This tragedy today is the seventh such fatality to take place in port and dock environments across the country in the last 24 months.

"Siptu is calling for an immediate meeting with the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, and health and safety officials from within her department.

"This call to meet with the minister is also supported by the International Transport Workers' Federation Inspector for Ireland, Mickey Whelan.

"These tragedies are occurring with frightening and frankly quite sickening regularity," Mr Brennan said.

Safety

"It is beyond my comprehension how the construction industry has had the benefit of a national safe pass certificate requirement for almost 30 years and yet there is no such corresponding national requirement within our ports and docks.

"We extend our condolences to the family, loved ones and colleagues of the deceased.

"We also hope this is the final such fatality before the long necessary action is taken to ensure our ports and docks become safer working environments," he added.

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