Saturday 20 January 2018

Lorry driver dies after being hit by crane

Paul Forristal: died in an industrial accident
Paul Forristal: died in an industrial accident

Ciaran Murphy and Conor Kane

SAFETY inspectors are probing the tragic death of a young lorry driver who was killed in an industrial accident.

The man has been named locally as Paul Forristal, aged in his 20s, from Thomastown, Co Kilkenny.

In a tragic twist of fate, it is understood that Mr Forristal only received his lorry driving licence in the last few weeks and was working for his family's firm, Norevale Transport.

Mr Forristal was killed when he was struck by a crane at the SmartPly manufacturing plant in Belview, Slieverue, Co Waterford, at around 3pm yesterday.

While the exact circumstances surrounding Mr Forristal's death are not known, he was working near a crane which was loading logs.

Gardai from Waterford attended the scene and they, along with a team from the Health and Safety Authority, are both carrying out separate investigations into the death.

A former student at Grennan College, Mr Forristal had spent time in Australia before returning home where he joined the family firm.

When contacted last night, the company said the accident was "under investigation".

Irish Independent

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