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Families grieve as dads die in workplace accidents

Grainne Cunningham and Brendan Furlong

Published 29/06/2011 | 05:00

TWO men have died in separate workplace accidents, taking the toll for employment-related deaths this year to 28.

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A father of three died in an accident involving a forklift truck at his factory in Drinagh, Co Wexford, while another man died after falling from scaffolding near Youghal in Co Cork.

Bernard Wilson (66), of Ballykelly, Drinagh, was killed when the load from a forklift fell on him in a shed adjoining his home at around 9.30pm on Monday.

Mr Wilson, an industrial welder, had been working on a piece of steel when the fatal accident occurred.

He was found by his wife Peggy, who immediately summoned help from a relative. He was taken to nearby Wexford General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The scene of the accident remained cordoned off yesterday as a technical examination was carried out by gardai and the Health & Safety Authority (HSA).

Respected

Mr Wilson is also survived by his three sons, Paul, Barry and Rory, his grandson Fionn and his three sisters, Audrey, Jacinta and Rosaleen.

"He was a quiet man and well respected in the area for his work and hobbies such as vintage tractors and trucks," a neighbour said.

Meanwhile, a building contractor who died after a fall from scaffolding he'd erected for a maintenance job on a three-storey building in east Cork has been named as Michael O'Callaghan, a married father of two from Youghal, Co Cork.

Mr O'Callaghan is understood to have been fitting a water tank at the rear of the house when he fell from a height on Monday afternoon. Gardai said they were treating his death as a "tragic accident.

A spokesman for the HSA confirmed that it was investigating both accidents.

Irish Independent

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