Tragedy as man dies at mush­room plant af­ter sav­ing brother

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY CATHER­INE DEVINE

A MAN who died in a work­place ac­ci­dent at a mush­room plant in the Repub­lic hero­ically saved his own brother mo­ments be­fore­hand.

Gary Askin, who was aged in his 20s, died at a mush­room grow­ing house in Emy­vale, Co Mon­aghan, where he was work­ing along­side his brother Stephen and a third worker shortly af­ter 8pm on Wed­nes­day.

It is un­der­stood that Stephen be­came trapped in an over­head in­dus­trial bin and his brother Gary tried to save him.

Emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived on the scene at the McGee Mush­rooms plant in Cor­nacrieve to find the three men un­con­scious.

Gary was pro­nounced dead at the scene while the other two men were rushed to Ca­van Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. They are ex­pected to re­cover from the or­deal.

Sinn Fein coun­cil­lor Brian McKenna said: “It’s very sad. Stephen be­came trapped in the bin and Gary rang straight­away for an am­bu­lance.

“He man­aged to get his broth­was er out but then Gary be­came trapped.

“Stephen was al­ready in­jured from the toxic fumes and wasn’t able to help Gary. The am­bu­lance ar­rived af­ter any­thing could be done to help Gary.

“It’s very tragic. Gary died af­ter sav­ing his brother’s life.”

Mr McKenna said Stephen “will be fine”.

“Another for­eign na­tional worker was there too and he is also okay,” he said.

“It’s an aw­ful tragedy. Gary very well known and he was a lovely man. He had been work­ing in the mush­room plant since he left school. It’s so tragic.”

Sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been launched into the in­ci­dent by the gar­dai and the Health and Safety Author­ity. A post-mortem is due to take place to con­firm the ex­act cause of death.

St Macar­tan’s Col­lege, where both Gary and Stephen at­tended school, de­scribed Gary as “a very quiet, well man­nered and an ex­tremely co-op­er­a­tive stu­dent”.

Gary Askin (left), who died in the ac­ci­dent, with­his brother Stephen

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