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Tributes to plant operator killed in quarry accident

By Adrian Rutherford

Tributes have been paid to a man who died in an industrial accident.

Victor Nicholl had been driving a 60-tonne dumper truck shortly before the incident at a quarry in south Co Londonderry.

Details of the accident are still unclear and are under investigation.

Mr Nicholl, who was 62, was married and from the Fallahogy district outside Kilrea.

It is understood he worked as a plant operator at FP McCann, which manufactures, supplies and delivers concrete products.

Ulster Unionist councillor George Shiels said there was a sense of shock in the community.

"It is shocking news - unbelievable," he said. "A family has lost a loved one and it is so, so sad.

"The community has been deeply shocked and everyone's thoughts are with the family."

The accident happened at FP McCann's quarry at Drumard Road outside Gulladuff on Friday.

Mr Nicholl has been described as a hard-working man who had been with the company for the past 19 years.

The Health and Safety Executive will now investigate exactly how Mr Nicholl died.

SDLP councillor Martin Kearney said Mr Nicholl was well known in the community.

"The family would be involved in mechanics and vehicles," he said.

"Victor himself was rooted in the countryside and rural matters and he worked for many years at the quarry. He was a popular person and very highly respected in the community.

"His work colleagues also held him in very high esteem and I know this news has caused a great deal of shock and sadness."

Ulster Unionist MLA for Mid Ulster, Sandra Overend, said her thoughts and prayers were with Mr Nicholl's family.

She added: "I'm also thinking of his employers as they deal with the aftermath and mourn their employee, colleague and friend."

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