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Saturday 17 February 2018

Binman is crushed to death after falling into truck

Gardai at the scene of the incident at Grand Canal Quay in Dublin last night
A garda traffic van out on patrol came upon the scene about 11.30pm last night.
Gardai are trying to establish the set of circumstances leading up to the incident in which a man was killed.
The truck was collecting general waste from apartments in the area.
Three fire units were involved in the rescue operation.
It is understood the victim suffered severe crush injuries and was rushed to St James's Hospital.

Nicola Anderson and Luke Byrne

A HEALTH and Safety Authority investigation is under way after a refuse worker died in a horrific accident when he became trapped in the back of a bin truck.

The dead man has been named locally as Jacek Ungerheuer (40), who was originally from Poland but had been living in Dublin for many years.

He had a wife in his native country but had been living with a group of fellow Polish men in Galtymore Park in Drimnagh, Dublin.

Neighbours said he had been due to return home to visit his wife this Sunday.

Mr Ungerheurer worked for the private waste collection firm, Ozo.

He died from severe crush injuries sustained after he slipped or was pulled by machinery into the back of the bin truck while out on collection.

Gardai were called to the scene on Grand Canal Street in Dublin City Centre at around 11.30pm on Wednesday night and fire crews were also alerted.

Specialist equipment was used to get the man out of the back of the truck, and he was rushed to St James' Hospital but died of his injuries shortly after midnight.

A spokesperson for the hospital said they were not in a position to release any information at the moment.

It is understood that Mr Ungerheurer had been emptying bins at the back of the truck on his own while a second worker sent bins up in a lift from the basement of businesses.

The alarm was raised by a passerby when he became aware that a man was trapped in the back of the truck and he immediately pressed the emergency stop button and alerted the emergency services.

One of Mr Ungerheuer's housemates, who also works for Ozo, answered the door in Galtymore Park yesterday but indicated that he was too upset to talk about the incident.

Neighbours yesterday were extremely upset by what had occurred. They described Mr Ungerheurer as being "so kind and friendly" and said he had lived there "for years".


One resident said Mr Ungerheuer and three Polish friends had lived in Galtymore Park for around six years Although he had not spoken much English, he always greeted them with a smile and a big wave.

Gardai at Pearse Street in the city have launched an investigation, while a separate investigation is being conducted by the Health and Safety Authority.

In a statement, Ozo, the refuse firm, confirmed the "sudden and tragic loss" of one of its employees.

The company said they appreciated the understanding of customers that they were not in a position to provide normal service at this time.

Irish Independent

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