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

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.

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

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.”

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