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File photo: Harbour in Connemara
File photo: Harbour in Connemara
Image: Pom Angers via Flickr

Man in his 40s dies after being struck by machinery on barge in Galway

Gardaí and the HSA are investigating the incident.
Jan 30th 2017, 8:27 AM 15,424 2

A MAN IN his 40s has died after he was involved in a workplace accident in Connemara yesterday.

It is believed the man was on a barge just off Ros a Mhíl harbour when he was struck by a piece of machinery just after 4pm yesterday afternoon.

The man was airlifted to University Hospital Galway, where he was later pronounced dead.

Gardaí in Salthill are investigating the incident.

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) said that they will begin their own investigation later today.

A second man was injured in the incident, but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

According to figures from the HSA, 44 people died in workplace accidents last year, with the majority occurring on farms.

rossaveel Ros a Mhíl harbour Source: Google Maps

Read: Almost half of all workplace deaths last year were on farms

Read: Two men die in separate accidents at quarry and farm

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