Monday 10 December 2018

‘When we lose one of the family, we all feel the pain’ - Airport staff pay tribute to colleague

The man (60s) died in a workplace accident at Dublin Airport on Saturday.
The man (60s) died in a workplace accident at Dublin Airport on Saturday.

Rachel Farrell

Friends and colleagues of a man that died in a workplace accident at Dublin Airport on Saturday said they were “in shock” to hear of his passing.

The Swissport employee (64) was fatally injured in the incident, which occurred shortly after 10.30am on Saturday 24 November.

Airport staff took to social media over the weekend to pay tribute to the man, who it is understood had worked in the airport for a number of years, describing him as “kind and gentle”.

“Devastating, heartbroken and speechless are just some of the words we at Swissport Dublin have said today,” one wrote in a touching tribute.

“I'm sure we are all still in shock that a kind, gentle giant of a man was so sadly taken from us.”

A spokesperson for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie said that the man was a regular volunteer at their annual ‘plane pull’ to fundraise for the children’s cancer charity.

“I remember him as a quiet diligent man, always smiling and doing his best to make sure the children were safe and happy,” they said.

“The Airport is a family, anyone who has ever worked there will tell you that. When we lose one of our family, we all feel the pain.

“I hope his family take solace now in knowing that he brought a light into a very dark place for children fighting cancer.”

On Saturday, Swissport said in a statement that they were “deeply saddened” to hear of his death and that they are working alongside authorities to investigate the death.

“We are sorry to confirm that there was a fatality at Dublin Airport this morning. The next of kin has been informed, and we are deeply saddened by the death of a member of our team. Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time.

“Health and safety is our number one operational priority and we take such matters very seriously. We are working with the appropriate authorities with their investigations and we’re unable to comment further at this stage.”

It is understood that gardaí, the Health and Safety Authority and Dublin Airport authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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