Friday 23 March 2018

Certification for 'roller' drivers needed -- inquest

An inquest jury has called for Fas to introduce certification and training for the drivers of 'roller' machines after a man was fatally injured when his machine overturned.

Jarlath O'Reilly (38) of Drumone, Oldcastle, Co Meath, was working at a site at Killeens Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin on March 1, 2007, when a 7.4 tonne Protec 'roller' machine struck a concrete slab of a manhole and toppled into a trench, trapping him. He suffered severe crush injuries to his chest and died a short time later.

Thorntons Recycling was the main contractors on the site.

Dublin City Coroner's Court heard Mr O'Reilly did not have certification to operate heavy machinery on the site.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said there were "significant risk factors" including the fact a risk assessment was not completed.

A jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure to take account of the risk factors.

Irish Independent

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