Saturday 18 November 2017

'It's an awful tragedy' - Man (20s) dies after saving brother in workplace accident at mushroom plant

Gary Askin was killed in a tragic workplace accident in Emyvale, Co Monaghan
Gary Askin was killed in a tragic workplace accident in Emyvale, Co Monaghan
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A man (20s) has died after saving his brother's life in a workplace accident in Co Monaghan.

Gary Askin (20s) died at a mushroom growing house in Emyvale, where he was working alongside his brother Stephen and a third worker shortly after 8pm yesterday.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor Brian McKenna said that Stephen became trapped in an overhead industrial bin and his brother Gary tried to save him.

"It's very sad. Stephen became trapped in the bin and Gary rang straight away for an ambulance. He managed to get his brother Stephen out but then Gary became trapped.

"Stephen was already injured from the toxic fumes and wasn't able to help Gary. The ambulance arrived after anything could be done to help Gary. It's very tragic. Gary died after saving his brother's life."

Cllr McKenna said that he wasn't sure what the bin was used for, but believed it contained toxic fumes.

"Stephen will be fine. Another foreign national worker was there too and he is also ok.

"It's an awful tragedy. Gary was very well known and he was a lovely man. He had been working in the mushroom plant since he left school. It's so tragic."

St Macartan's College, where both Gary and Stephen attended school, paid tribute to Gary and sent their condolences to the Askin family.

"Gary was a very quiet, well mannered and an extremely co-operative student. He made a genuine effort to get on with both students and teachers alike. It is a very tragic accident."

Separate investigations have been launched into the incident by the gardaí and the health and Safety Authority.

Emyvale GAA club paid tribute to Gary Askin this evening saying a "dark cloud" had descended over the town.

"Gary was a member of Emyvale GAA Club from the age of ten & played at every level through juvenile, minor, U21 & senior. He was part of the U14 Team that won the county league in 2003. After retiring from football, he still supported the senior team where his brothers Brendan and Stephen played.

"His sister Laura was part of the Emyvale ladies senior team. Gary will be remembered especially for his smiling face, witty remarks, good humour, great personality & love of life. We offer our sincere sympathies to Geraldine, Eddie, Brendan, Laura, Stephen, Aoife & his extended circle of family & friends. Gone but never forgotten."

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