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Call for immediate action to prevent further deaths after worker dies in Dublin's North Docks

Seven workers have died at ports and docks around Ireland in the last two years.

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Updated Aug 14th 2019, 6:20 PM

A MAN IN his 50s has died following a workplace accident in Dublin’s North Docks.

The incident happened at around 10.30am today and the haulier’s body was taken to a mortuary for a postmortem examination.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been notified and a file will be prepared for the Coroner’s Court. Gardaí are also investigating the matter.

Trade union representatives have renewed their call for better protections for all workers in port and dock environments following the death.

“This tragedy today is the seventh such fatality in port and dock environments across the country in the last 24 months,” Siptu Ports, Docks and Harbour Organiser, Jerry Brennan, said.

“These tragedies are occurring with frightening and, frankly, quite sickening regularity.

It is beyond my comprehension how the construction industry has had the benefit of a national safe pass certificate requirement for almost 30 years and yet there is no such corresponding national requirement within our ports and docks.

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“We extend our condolences to the family, loved ones and colleagues of the deceased worker. We also hope that this is the final such fatality before the long necessary action is taken to ensure our ports and docks become safer working environments,” Brennan stated.

Siptu has called for an immediate meeting with Business Minister Heather Humphreys and health and safety officials from her department to discuss the situation. 

With reporting by Órla Ryan 

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