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Storm Ali: MLA shocked at utility worker (20s) death in south Armagh

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty
SDLP MLA Justin McNulty
Emergency Services attend the scene at the Entrance of Slieve Gullion Forest Park outside the village of Meigh in Co Armagh. An engineer died after a tree fall. Pic Newraypics.com

By Michael Sheils McNamee

A utility worker in south Armagh has been killed and another has been injured by a falling tree during Storm Ali.

The man was working near the entrance of Slieve Gullion Forest Park outside the village of Meigh in Co Armagh when the incident happened.

He was working as a contractor for NI Water. The man's colleague was also hurt in the incident.

The BBC is reporting the man killed was in his 20s, while the man injured is in his 40s.

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Emergency Services attend the scene at the Entrance of Slieve Gullion Forest Park outside the village of Meigh in Co Armagh. An engineer died after a tree fall. Pic Newraypics.com

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty said: "It is very sad and shocking that a man can go out for a day’s work and not go home. Our thoughts and prayers are with the man’s friends and family and colleagues.

“It is extremely upsetting to hear that a man has lost his life as a result of today’s weather conditions. It is sometimes too easy to forget the danger workers during adverse conditions face to keep the public safe."

Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon said: "The local community are shocked and saddened at the news that a man was tragically killed and another man injured.

“I want to extend my condolences to the family and friends of this man at this difficult time. The thoughts of our entire community are with them.

"I also want to commend the emergency services for risking dangerous conditions to respond swiftly to this incident to help others."

She added that no one should "underestimate the potential threat to life and property from the storm".

Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) was called out to the incident after a report at 12.15pm that a tree had fallen on two men on Drumintee Road, near Slieve Gullion Forest Park outside of Newry.

A NIAS spokesperson said in a statement: "NIAS dispatched one Emergency Ambulance crew to the scene. The Air Ambulance was also tasked to the incident by NIAS.

"Following assessment and treatment at the scene, one patient was transported to the Royal Victoria Hospital."

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said: “HSENI are aware of the incident.”

A fallen tree hits a lorry on Osbourne Park near the Lisburn Road in Belfast during the heavy winds on Wednesday. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
A fallen tree hits a lorry on Osbourne Park near the Lisburn Road in Belfast during the heavy winds on Wednesday. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Emergency Services attend the scene at the Entrance of Slieve Gullion Forest Park outside the village of Meigh in Co Armagh. An engineer died after a tree fall. Pic Newraypics.com
Whiterocks beach during Storm Ali. Credit: Jamie Russell
General views of a tree that has fallen at the Robbs Road Dundonald, Belfast ,as Storm Ali batters the province. Picture by Leah Matthews Press Eye ©
Wednesday 19th September 2018 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Leah Matthews Press Eye © General views of a tree that has fallen at the Robbs Road Dundonald, Belfast ,as Storm Ali batters the province.
Wednesday 19th September 2018 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Leah Matthews Press Eye © General views of a tree that has fallen at the Robbs Road Dundonald, Belfast ,as Storm Ali batters the province.
Wednesday 19th September 2018 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Leah Matthews Press Eye © General views of a tree that has fallen at the Robbs Road Dundonald, Belfast ,as Storm Ali batters the province.
19th September 2018 General views of a tree that has fallen at the Albert Clock in Belfast as Storm Ali batters the province. Mandatory Credit © Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
19th September 2018 General views of a tree that has fallen at the Albert Clock in Belfast as Storm Ali batters the province. Mandatory Credit © Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
Pacemaker Press 19/08/2018 A fallen tree hits a oil lorry on Osbourne Park near the Lisburn Road in Belfast during the heavy winds on Wednesday. Thirty-two thousand homes across Northern Ireland are without electricity as Storm Ali intensifies. An amber weather warning is in place and wind gusts of up to 65mph are expected inland. Higher gusts are likely in the north west and north coast. The storm is due to reach its peak before 12:00 BST. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Clear up begins in Bedford Street Belfast as storm Ali takes it's toll. Pic Freddie Parkinson Presseye
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Clear up begins in Bedford Street Belfast as storm Ali takes it's toll.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Lorry hit by falling tree on Osbourne Park, Belfast. Driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Lorry hit by falling tree on Osbourne Park, Belfast. Driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Belfast City council closes public parks across the city due to adverse weather conditions as Storm Ali hits Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th September 2018 Belfast City council closes public parks across the city due to adverse weather conditions as Storm Ali hits Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/9/2018 The m1 near Lisburn is a standstill due to fallen cable which closed the motorway in both direction causing major delays to motorists. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th September 2018 Belfast City council closes public parks across the city due to adverse weather conditions as Storm Ali hits Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
A tree down on the main A44 into Ballycastle. Pic Ben Tucker
Storm Ali batters the County Antrim coastline Mandatory Credit © Presseye/Stephen Hamilton
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 19/9/2018 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Graham Curry Strong winds on the Ards peninsula this morning as Storm Ali hits the Portaferry Road on the outskirts of Newtownards in Co. Down
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © M1 Motorway is closed westbound from Black's Road Dunmurry and east bound from Saintfield Road due to fallen cables. Motorists should seek alternative routes. Saintfield Road is also closed at the junction of the old Ballynahinch Road due to a fallen tree. Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution in adverse weather conditions. Police are advising motorists to stay in their vehicles.

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