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Thursday 26 April 2018

Young Leinster player died from 'massive head injuries' when struck by faulty trailer tailgate

Adam Mangan
Adam Mangan

Gearoid Keegan

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.

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The tailgate, weighing 250kg, had come down on top of Adam Mangan.

Mr Boland screamed for help and though his mother Maureen went down from the nearby farmhouse immediately, she saw that the young man had already passed away and whispered a prayer in his ear.

Dr Nurul Nor, consultant pathologist at Tullamore Hospital, carried out a post mortem and concluded that death had been caused by catastrophic injuries to the head resulting in extensive brain trauma.

Dr Nor said death would have been instantaneous and no positive result could have been achieved by an attempt at resuscitation.

John Hayes, an engineer engaged by the HSA to investigate the accident, said that although the trailer was badly maintained there was a design fault with it and the incident had been replicated with a similar model in perfect condition.

He believed the problem with the tailgate occurred when a stone became jammed in the trailer mechanism.

PJ Claffey, a manager with the HSA, said the authority had taken Mr Hayes' expert report and board and had been working with the trailer manufacturer.

Mr Claffey urged farmers with NC 300 trailers dating from 2006 and before to contact their suppliers.

"We're trying to get the word out there to the farming community that these trailers have this defect," he said.

After a verdict of death from extensive head injuries in a farm accident was returned, Offaly county coroner Brian Mahon said he hoped the evidence might save the lives of others working with similar machines.

Adam Mangan was a talented young sportsman with Kilclonfert GAA club who played minor football for Offaly and underage rugby for Leinster.


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NC Engineering (Hamiltonsbawn) Ltd issued an urgent warning to owners and operators of the NC 300 Series Power Tilt Dump trailer following a serious incident with the tail door section of the trailer.

It says that on trailers manufactured prior to 2007 a door mechanism, which is not freely moveable or damaged must be replaced before the trailer is used.

On trailers manufactured from 2007 a retrofit kit must be fitted by an NC dealer. A safe system of work for clearing blockages, examples of possible damage and further details on replacement parts for both trailer models are available from all NC dealers or from NC Engineering directly.

It says that if an object becomes trapped between the tail door and the chassis the operation of the rear door may be compromised, particularly if the door mechanism is damaged.

In this situation the action of clearing the blockage could result in a person being struck by the door if the correct procedure is not followed.

The company has asked all owners of a dump trailer with a Power Tilt door contact your local NC dealer for further details.

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