Saturday 16 December 2017

Father-of-four killed in Conemara workplace accident named

Health and Safety Authority
Health and Safety Authority
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A man who was killed in a workplace accident at a harbour in Connemara was a father-of-four originally from Donegal.

The man, aged in his 40s, has been named by his company Quinn Piling Ltd as Terry Toland. Another person was injured in the same accident.

He was working on installing pontoons when he suffered a blow to the head from equipment.

An investigation is underway after the incident at Ros a Mhíl harbour in Connemara.

The two men were treated at the scene before they were taken to University Hospital Galway.

One of the men was pronounced dead a short time later. The injuries suffered by the second time are not believed to be life-threatening.

In a statement Quinn Piling Ltd said the management and staff wished to express their deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Terry.

"Terry was a highly esteemed member of Quinn Piling Ltd, and will be deeply missed by all those who worked with him.

"Quinn Piling Ltd are currently carrying out a thorough investigation of the accident and are co-operating with the HSA to help them with their enquiries into the circumstances of this tragic accident."

It is understood that the two men were working on installing pontoons in the south Connemara harbour when the accident happenend.

The Health and Safety Authority will carry out an inspection at the site today.

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