Farm Ireland

Friday 23 February 2018

Man fights for life after falling from teleporter with son (11)

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Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A teacher is fighting for his life after both he and his 11-year-old son fell from a teleporter while painting their house.

The 47-year-old man was airlifted to Tallaght hospital after the accident near Shinrone, Co Offaly. He was later transferred to Beaumont hospital where he is in a critical condition.

The boy was taken to Tullamore hospital where his injuries are described as not life-threatening.

Gardaí were called to the scene of the accident at the house in Cangort at 3.45pm.

The teleporter is a vehicle that is effectively a cross between a cherry picker and a forklift truck.

The Health and Safety Authority has been notified and inspectors are expected to attend the scene this morning.

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