Cashel gardai and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are investigating the tragic death of a mechanic near the M8 Cashel Service Station last Thursday.
Maurice O’Sullivan from Templetuohy, Thurles was called out at approximately 2pm last Thursday, May 12 to work on a truck that had broken down beside the service station.
It is understood that the driver of the truck pulled off the motorway and parked the vehicle in this location, after noticing something wrong with it.
The company which owned the truck then contacted John Guilfoyle Trucks in Roscrea, where Mr O’Sullivan had worked for 12 years, and he went on-site to fix the truck.
Mr O’Sullivan (31), was working on the air brakes underneath the vehicle, when the truck’s axle came down on him, it is understood.
The emergency services were alerted immediately and units of the ambulance, fire brigade, and Cashel gardai all attended the scene. Mr O’Sullivan was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital.
A spokesperson at Cashel garda station said they were awaiting the outcome of a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) inspector’s report.
The HSA were alerted by Cashel gardaí and representatives also travelled to the accident site. They are treating the death as a workplace accident and confirmed their investigations are ongoing,
Tributes were paid this week to Mr O’Sullivan, described as a’quiet, decent and well-respected man’ by Thurles Fianna Fáil councillor John Hogan.
“I knew Maurice personally, he was very well known and from a decent, quiet family, our sympathies go to them,” said Cllr Hogan. Mr O’Sullivan is survived by his partner Julie Anne, and three children.
Mr O’Sullivan’s death comes just four months after Grangemockler mechanic Micheál McGrath was killed in a similar workplace accident. Mr McGrath died after a car he was working on at The Big Sycamore garage, which he owned, fell on top of him.
Over a 14-month period five men have died in workplace accidents in South Tipperary according to the HSA, including Mr McGrath and Mr O’Sullivan. A 49-year-old, Philipino miner was crushed by a rockfall while blasting at Lisheen Mine in April 2013, in September 2013 a retired vet was found face down on the sand gallops adjacent to his stable yard in Roscrea, and a just last month a Fethard vet who was carrying out an examination on a horse, was killed when the horse moved suddenly and kicked out, striking the man.