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Stevie McTeague dies in hospital after accident at Omagh Terex factory

By Rachel Martin

Published 18/07/2016

Trapped: Stevie McTeague
Trapped: Stevie McTeague

A man has died two days after he was injured when he became trapped under machinery at a heavy plant equipment factory.

The incident happened on Thursday as Stevie McTeague worked at Terex's Killyclogher site near Omagh.

Two men were thought to be involved in the incident at the Cookstown Road plant around 3.20pm.

PSNI and Ambulance Service medics gave first aid at the scene.

Firefighters were also called to the incident.

However, a spokesperson for Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said the two men had already been released from under the machine by the time crews arrived.

Both victims were taken to hospital by ambulance. The second man was treated at the urgent care ward at Tyrone County Hospital, and later discharged.

Mr McTeague was taken to South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, where his condition was initially described as "seriously ill".

However, the father-of-two from Loughmacrory passed away in hospital on Saturday.

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland, which is responsible for promoting and enforcing health and safety standards at work, has already launched an investigation into the incident.

In a statement issued on Thursday, it said: "The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland has been made aware of an incident at business premises in the Omagh area and is currently investigating."

Terex Finlay makes a range of mobile crushing, screening and recycling equipment at its factory and the business has been based at the site for around 50 years.

It is now part of the US-based international Terex Corporation, whose giant machines are used in the construction industry across the world.

Mr McTeague is survived by his wife Helen and children Conor and Ryan.

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