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Stephen Hampson, on his wedding day, with his wife Aisling  and sons Ryan and Joshua

Stephen Hampson, on his wedding day, with his wife Aisling and sons Ryan and Joshua

Stephen Hampson, on his wedding day, with his wife Aisling and sons Ryan and Joshua

A date has been set for the inquest into the death of a man who was crushed to death in a lift shaft at work.

Stephen Hampson (31) from Castlegrange Close in Clondalkin, south Dublin, died on August 23, 2009, having sustained fatal injuries in the incident at Blu Bar in Tallaght, where he was an assistant bar manager. The father-of-two had been stuck in the lift and is believed to have been attempting to get out when it started to move, causing the fatal injuries.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last month, two former bar and nightclub owners – TBC Bar Ltd company director James Lambert of Castlelawns, Tallaght, and former director David McKee, of Ellensborough Rise, Tallaght, were ordered to do community service having both pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches. The court heard that employees and managers at the bar regularly used a goods-only lift to move between floors despite signs prohibiting this. 

Updating the Dublin coroner on the case, Health and Safety Authority inspector Kay Baxter said that court proceedings are now completed. This cleared the way for a full inquest into Mr Hampson’s death.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell set the inquest for hearing on February 12 next year.

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