Monday 27 February 2017

Give my son's death meaning, dad pleads

Grainne Cunningham and Georgina O'Halloran

A FATHER, who did not live to see his youngest daughter born, will not have died in vain if safety regulations around cranes are changed, his father said yesterday.

Canice Carroll was speaking after an inquest into the death of his 35-year-old son, also called Canice, who never regained consciousness after an accident involving lifting equipment at work on August 29, 2008.

Mr Carroll jnr sustained crush injuries to his head and chest when he was struck by a pre-fab that was being moved by a lorry-mounted crane. He died in Beaumont Hospital on September 4, 2008, five months before his little girl Canice was born.

"He never got to see her and he would have loved a girl," said his father, adding that she was his only granddaughter, a sister to Caden (7) and Calum (3).

Mr Carroll said he would never forget the experience of opening the door to two gardai calling to bring him the terrible news. "Nobody should go out to work and that happen," he said.

Mr Carroll snr said the family was pleased that the inquest jury had recommended that all people operating lifting equipment should receive special training.

Attending the inquest with his daughter Sonia Mahony and his son's partner, Barbara King, Mr Carroll Snr said his son's death was a "huge loss" and that he wanted to thank the gardai, the emergency services and staff at Beaumont Hospital for all their help.

The jury recorded a verdict of death by misadventure under the direction of coroner Dr Brian Farrell.

The jury recommended that all personnel involved in operating any lifting equipment should receive training and attain accreditation in line with the same legislation applicable in the construction industry.

The jury also encouraged the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to use their expertise to offer recommendations to the training authority, FAS, where necessary.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said he would write to FAS and the HSA passing on those recommendations.

Irish Independent

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