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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Man (37) dies at pharmaceutical plant in Waterford

Ralph Riegel

Published 23/01/2014 | 19:06

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SEPARATE investigations are underway after a person died in an incident on the grounds of a major Irish pharmaceutical plant.

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The deceased, a 37-year-old man– died following the incident at GlaxoSmithKline’s Waterford plant shortly after 3pm.

The man was discovered in a collapsed state at the GSK plant, which is located at Clogherane outside Dungarvan, during site maintenance work.

GSK confirmed that both Gardai and ambulance services were notified and immediately attended the scene.

The person was pronounced dead on admission to Waterford Regional Hospital in Ardkeen.

The precise cause of the man’s death was initially unclear.

“The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been notified. The incident is currently under investigation,” a GSK spokesperson said.

“The incident involved a member of the public. GSK wishes to extend deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased.”

Irish Independent sources confirmed that the fatality was totally unrelated to the plant’s primary pharmaceutical operations.

There is no public safety or environmental concerns involved.

A full post mortem examination is expected to be carried out on the deceased at WRH on Friday.

GSK are conducting their own inquiry in co-operation with the HSA probe which is automatic in all cases of serious workplace incidents.

GSK employ almost 1,400 people in Ireland and ranks as one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical firms.

It operates major production facilities in both Waterford and Cork.

GSK is currently in the process of achieving cost savings of €1 billion as all major pharmaceutical firms adjust to a challenging global environment and the emergence of cheaper generic drugs.

The firm employs more than 100,000 people in their various operations worldwide.

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