Tuesday 23 January 2018

Master painter died in tragic scaffold fall

The Dublin Coroners Court, Store St. Pic Tom Burke.
The Dublin Coroners Court, Store St. Pic Tom Burke.

A MASTER painter was killed when he fell from a scaffold tower while painting the outside of a house, an inquest heard.

John Kelly (66) from St Fintan's Villas in Deansgrange, Co Dublin died instantly when he fell nine metres to the ground from a ladder placed on top of a 4.35 metre high scaffold tower on May 15 last year.

Dublin Coroner's Court heard the scaffold tower, which had not been safely secured, suddenly toppled over as Mr Kelly and his colleague were working on its top platform.

Mr Kelly, described as a master painter who had worked on the ceiling of the Pro-Cathedral, was painting the exterior of a house in Blackrock when the incident happened.

He was working alongside his long-time colleague Colin Dunne who told the inquest they were painting the side of the house and using a mobile scaffold, which Mr Kelly had borrowed, to get to the higher parts. They had placed a ladder on the top platform of the scaffold tower and Mr Kelly had gone up to paint the soffit of the house when the incident happened.

At post-mortem the cause of death was given as severe head injuries.

Sgt Ivan Howlin confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances in the death. The jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure.



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