HSA examines scene where man died in wall collapse

Bandon accident took place during construction work on adjoining property

Billy O’Driscoll’s body was removed to Cork University Hospital where a postmortem examination will take place today. Photograph: Google Street View

Billy O’Driscoll’s body was removed to Cork University Hospital where a postmortem examination will take place today. Photograph: Google Street View

 

Health and Safety Authority (HSA) inspectors have begun an examination of the scene of a workplace accident in Bandon in Co Cork in which a pensioner was killed yesterday.

Billy O’Driscoll from St Patrick’s Quay, Bandon died when a wall collapsed at the back of his property during construction work on an adjoining property at about 3.30pm yesterday.

A tipper truck had just emptied a load of gravel to infill an area by the wall in the adjoining property when the wall collapsed on top of Mr O’Driscoll, who was on his own property at the time.

The emergency services and gardaí were called to the scene but a local GP pronounced Mr O’Driscoll, a married father of six, dead at the scene of the accident.

Mr O’Driscoll’s body was removed to Cork University Hospital where Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster is due to carry out a postmortem examination today.

Health and Safety Authority inspectors who carried out a preliminary examination at the scene of the accident last night began a full examination of the scene this morning.