Tuesday 23 May 2017

Tributes paid to Galway dad who died in workplace accident

Joe Fahy was killed in an industrial accident near Corrandulla in Galway
Joe Fahy was killed in an industrial accident near Corrandulla in Galway
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Tributes have been paid to a Galway father who died in a workplace accident.

Joe Fahy (54) from Cahermorris was killed after he became trapped by machinery at a dismantler’s yard in the Galway village.

Mr Fahy is survived by his wife Christina and children Amanda and Jason along with his wider family including siblings and mother.

As news of the tragedy left the local communities in shock, the popular Galway man was remembered as a “great character and friend of everyone” yesterday.

“This is devastating for the local communities. Joe was very well known and was a great character. He was always willing to help the community,” said local FF councillor Mary Hoade.

“I’ve known Joe for many years. He was a perfect gentleman, a great character and a friend to everyone,” she added.

Ms Hoade said the local community would rally around the family, especially Mr Fahy’s heartbroken wife and children.

Mr Fahy had been working in the yard yesterday afternoon when the accident happened. An ambulance rushed to the yard but Mr Fahy had sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His remains were brought to University Hospital Galway were a post mortem was carried out yesterday. A detailed examination of the scene was also carried out.

Two investigations have been launched into the death.

Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) will both complete reports into the tragic death.

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