Horror as dad is crushed to death at work

Kieran McClean, understood to be a 49-year-old father-of-three, became trapped
under machinery at premises in Kilkeel harbour yesterday evening.

Despite desperate attempts to save him, he died later at Daisy Hill Hospital
in Newry.

His grief-stricken widow, who this morning spoke briefly to the Belfast
Telegraph, was being comforted by friends and |relatives at the family home
in Newcastle. One woman, who was with Mrs McClean at the house, said the
whole family was in shock after what had happened.

There was no answer this morning at Engineering and Construction Products
where the accident happened.

A message said: ?We would like to inform everybody that our premises are now
closed until further notice due to the sudden |bereavement of one of our
colleagues.?

The firm later released a statement which said: ?Following an accident
yesterday our friend and colleague, Kieran McClean, tragically passed away
last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and family
circle.?

It is understood Mr McClean worked as a designer at the Kilkeel factory which
manufactures steel and was on the shop floor of the building when the
tragedy occurred.

Police and investigators from the Health and Safety Executive remained at the
scene this morning.

Newry and Mourne councillor Henry Reilly said colleagues of Mr McClean have
been devastated by the tragedy and expressed his condolences to his family.

?Obviously my thoughts are with the family of the man who died at this
extremely sad time,? said the UKIP councillor.

?I know the company very well and I know the owner, Eamonn Hughes. He is a
very good employer and they will all be devastated about what has happened,
there?s no doubt about that. My heart goes out to everyone involved.

?I was down at the harbour yesterday and heard about what happened. Everyone
was talking about it and was stunned that someone had been injured, but at
that stage no-one realised how badly the man had been injured.?

Isaac Hanna, a UUP Newry and Mourne councillor, also passed his sympathies to
Mr McClean?s family.

?My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife and family on their terrible
loss,? he said.

Martin Connolly, an independent Newry and Mourne councillor, said: ?Everyone
is upset when a death occurs but it is even more tragic when it happens at
work.?

A PSNI spokeswoman confirmed the Health and Safety Executive for Northern
Ireland has been informed of the incident.

Source: The Belfast Telegraph

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