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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Separate investigations launched into two fatal workplace accidents

University Hospital Waterford. Photo: Tony Gavin
University Hospital Waterford. Photo: Tony Gavin

Sarah Slater

The Health and Safety Authority are investigating two fatal workplace accidents in the south-east which occurred less than 24 hours apart.

A man in his 70s suffered fatal injuries when emptying a septic tank on a farm at around 10am yesterday in Ferrybank, Co Waterford.

It is understood the man was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to University Hospital Waterford where a full post mortem examination will be carried out.

Meanwhile, a father of two who died following a fall at a house in Co Carlow on Monday is to be buried tomorrow.

John Doyle, 49, from Clonegal, had been delivering construction materials to a single house which is being built in Leighlinbridge, when the accident occurred around lunchtime on Monday.

It is understood, Mr Doyle had been unloading the truck and may have fallen from a height as he was checking the vehicle. Strong winds may have been a contributory factor to the freak accident.

Emergency services from Carlow town were called to the scene but despite efforts from ambulance paramedics Mr Doyle died later at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny.

Mr Doyle is survived by his wife Elizabeth and two young daughters Shauna and Rachel. He is predeceased by his parents Bab and John.

According to a death notice on, his remains are reposing at his home until Thursday morning when his Funeral Mass will be held at 11am in St Brigid’s Church in Clonegal with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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