Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Man ‘would still be alive if path had been gritted’

An Enniskillen man who fell on ice and died last week would still be alive if it wasn't for the “untreated” pavement he slipped on, according to his family.

Tom Love (62) hit his head on the ground outside his home in Sycamore Drive.

He was taken to the Erne Hospital and then the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where he later died from his injuries.

His family say his death could have been avoided had the pavement outside his house been gritted during the recent big freeze.

“There was no salt on the pavement at all. It was like a bottle outside his own house,” said his brother Paul.

“He slipped on the ice and got a bang on the head on the pavement.

“It's no good paying rates. He wouldn't be dead only for it. Wouldn't you feel disgusted?”

But Roads Service said it is not responsible for gritting pavements or footpaths.

When asked about its general policy on gritting footpaths, Roads Service's Henry Robinson said: “In Fermanagh here we provide salt to the district council and they would apply it on footpaths where they have the manpower. We tend to concentrate on the main town centre footpaths. Unfortunately it's a service we can't provide.”

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