Saturday 16 December 2017

Ferry worker and father-of-four dies after being hit by lorry

Tommy Breslin
Tommy Breslin
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

A shipping company employee was killed in a tragic workplace accident when he was struck by an articulated lorry.

Father-of-four Tommy Breslin is understood to have been unfastening belts at the back of the trailer in Dublin Port when he was fatally injured.

Mr Breslin, from Loughlinstown, south Dublin, was aged in his 60s.

Condolences

The incident happened while the P&O Ferries employee - nicknamed Rambo - was helping to unload the vessel European Endeavour at about 1.30pm on Thursday.

In a statement, the British company's chief executive, Helen Deeble, expressed her condolences to Mr Breslin's family.

"We can confirm that one of our employees, Tommy Breslin, tragically died during loading of the European Endeavour at the port of Dublin on Thursday June 22. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones at this terrible time," she said.

"We shall of course co-operate fully with all the relevant authorities in their investigation."

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) confirmed it was investigating the accident.

"We sent inspectors to the scene where the incident happened," the spokesperson said.

Gardai from Store Street Garda Station have also launched an inquiry.

After being struck, Mr Breslin was taken to Mater Hospital, where he was declared dead.

Last night, relatives gathered at his home to comfort his wife Laura and to grieve with her.

Mr Breslin, although living in Loughlinstown, was originally from York Road in Dun Laoghaire.

Family

He previously worked for Irish Lights and Irish Ferries. A funeral notice said arrangements would follow.

"Sadly missed by his loving wife, sons, daughters, son-in-law to be Alan Keogh, sisters Catherine, Frances and Louise, brothers-in-law Joe, Stephen, Ger, Joseph, Dave and David, sisters-in-law Sandra, Colette, Marie and Anne, relatives, workmates and a very large circle of friends," it said.

"Me oul pal to all," it added.

Irish Independent

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