Contractor working for NI Water dies during Storm Ali
Northern Ireland Water has confirmed that an employee working for one of its contractors has been killed and another injured.
The men, working for Lagan Construction Limited, were struck by a tree at a water pumping station at Slieve Gullion Forest Park, County Armagh, amid Storm Ali.
NI Water issued a statement that read: “NI Water is aware of an incident involving employees of one of our contractors. Emergency services attended to two individuals. Sadly one of these people died at the scene."
A Lagan Construction Ltd spokeswoman told the Belfast Telegraph: "Lagan Construction Limited can confirm that two of its employees were involved in a serious incident at Slieve Gullion Forest Park [on 19 September] whilst working on behalf of NI Water.
"We are deeply saddened to confirm that one of our employees has passed away as a result of their injuries and that another employee has been seriously injured and is currently being treated in hospital.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the two families at this time. We are offering support and counselling services to colleagues and we continue to work closely with the statutory authorities."
In a statement, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said: "The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 12:15 on Wednesday 19 September 2018 following reports that a tree had fallen on two males in the area of Drumintee Road, entrance to Slieve Gullion Forest Park, outside Newry.
"NIAS despatched one Emergency Ambulance crew to the scene. The Air Ambulance was also tasked to the incident by NIAS. Following assessment and treatment at the scene, one patient was transported to the Royal Victoria Hospital."
The man killed was reported to be in his 20s and NI Water CEO Sara Venning said: “Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of this young man.
"This was a tragic incident and NI Water will continue to work with the statu-tory authorities and the contractor as they carry out their investigations.”
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