Young Leinster player died from 'massive head injuries' when struck by faulty trailer tailgate
A young Leinster player was killed in a farm accident involving a trailer which had a design fault, an inquest heard.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and Armagh-based manufacturer NC Engineering this month issued a safety alert in relation to the trailers and urged owners to return them to their suppliers.
Adam Mangan, a 19-year-old college student from Offaly, died instantly from massive head injuries when he was struck by the tailgate of a HC 300 trailer on a farm at Derryarkin, Rhode, on October 3, 2015.
The inquest heard he had been picked up from his home at Barnaboy, Daingean by Thomas Boland Jnr that morning and they had gone to the Boland farm at Derryarkin, Rhode, to work for the day.
Thomas Boland Jnr was moving gravel with a tractor and 14-tonne trailer and the tragedy occurred when Adam Mangan came to help him.
Mr Boland had raised the trailer to tip a load and then noticed that the trailer was not going down properly.
After he and Adam Mangan looked at it Mr Boland returned to the tractor cab.
He then heard a bang and looked out and saw the deceased's at the back of the trailer.