Friday 6 December 2019

ESB faces criminal proceedings over electrocution death of apprentice electrician

Gareth Naughton

The ESB is facing criminal proceedings for breaches of health and safety legislation relating to the death of an apprentice electrician who was electrocuted while working on a substation.

Shane Conlan (22) from Shanard Road in Santry, Dublin 9, was pronounced dead at the Mater Hospital shortly after the incident at the substation in Finglas, north Dublin, on January 15 last year.

The fourth year apprentice died as a result of a sudden cardiac arrest having suffered high voltage electrocution. The inquest into his death was opened in December last year but was adjourned to allow the Health and Safety Authority and gardaí to carry out investigations into the death.

Updating the Dublin coroner on their progress, HSA inspector Mark Madigan said that a file was submitted to the director of public prosecutions who has initiated criminal proceedings against the ESB in relation to what happened to Mr Conlan.

He confirmed for the coroner that the ESB faces a number of charges in relation to breaches of health and safety legislation. A book of evidence is expected to be served at the beginning of December, he added, with the matter expected to come up for mention in the criminal courts in January.

The Conlan family were not present in court to hear the update but they were represented by a solicitor.

Dr Farrell adjourned the inquest without a date pending the conclusion of criminal proceedings. 

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