Crushed man identified by his watch

Wed, Sep 5, 2012, 01:00

A MAN crushed to death while working at a cargo terminal in Dublin Port was identified from a mobile phone and watch given to him by his wife, an inquest heard.

Stephen Bayfield (46) from Balrothery in Co Dublin, and originally from St Ives in Cornwall, was working at the Dublin Port Irish Ferries cargo terminal when he was killed last October 28th.

At the opening of his inquest at Dublin Coroner’s Court, Health and Safety Authority inspector Pádraig McMahon said that its investigation into the death has been completed and will be reviewed internally before being forwarded to the DPP.

The court heard that Mr Bayfield was identified by his wife Julie Bayfield using the mobile phone and watch which were retrieved during the postmortem.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said the postmortem found that Mr Bayfield had died as a result of multiple crush injuries sustained in the incident.

He had severe musculoskeletal and multi-organ injuries which Dr Farrell described as “devastating”.

He told Ms Bayfield that her husband would have died instantly.

He adjourned the inquest for further mention on December 10th.