Belfast Telegraph

Father crushed to death between two vehicles at work

By Rebecca Black

An investigation has begun into how a County Antrim husband and father was killed while working at a bike shop.

The 57-year-old was in Chain Reaction Cycles at around 9pm on Tuesday night when the accident took place in the Kilbride Road area in Doagh, Co Antrim.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it had received reports that a man had been crushed between two vehicles.

It is understood that witnesses attempted to resuscitate the victim before paramedics arrived, but he died at the scene.

He is believed to have several teenage children and is originally from Doagh.

Last night, the name of the man had not been released.

TUV councillor David Arthurs, who knows the family, said he had been shocked to hear of the man's death.

"It's tragic – my thoughts and my prayers are with the family," he said. "It's not good when you go out to work and don't come home again.

"It is my hope that they will know the presence of the Father of mercies and God of all comfort at this time."

Mr Arthurs also told how he hoped lessons would be learned about what had happened so that any similar tragedies might be prevented in the future.

"I trust that Newtownabbey council, the Health and Safety Executive and Chain Reaction Cycles will all work together to establish the facts and do what they can to prevent such tragedy striking again," he said.

Yesterday, Chain Reaction Cycles and Newtownabbey council launched an investigation into how the man had come to be killed. A spokesman for the company confirmed that one of its employees had died at the Kilbride Road site on Tuesday night.

"Our immediate concerns and sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time," he said.

"Chain Reaction Cycles is working closely with both the PSNI and the HSENI regarding the circumstances which led to this tragic accident, and until their investigations are complete, we are unable to comment any further."

Newtownabbey Borough Council said it was its responsibility to fully investigate the circumstances of the death under the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978.

"Council staff were quickly on site at the premises on Tuesday night, and investigations are ongoing," a spokeswoman for the council added.

"We extend sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of the man who died."


One of the last industrial tragedies to take place in Northern Ireland was the death of Brian Og Maguire (24), from Lisnaskea, at a Quinn Group concrete plant in Derrylin in September 2012.

In May 2008, Belfast man Gareth Keys died in hospital after a scissor lift suddenly toppled over, crushing his spine and chest at a Dunmurry construction plant.

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