Newport publican and contractor dies in workplace accident

Separate investigations are underway into the death of a Newport man last night who is believed to have died after a truck he was working on collapsed on to him.

Separate investigations are underway into the death of a Newport man last night who is believed to have died after a truck he was working on collapsed on to him.

The dead man, who has been named as John Ahern, 66, was discovered at 9.50pm this Wednesday. It is thought the cab of the truck fell back on him and he became trapped. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It is believed he was working on a vintage truck when the accident happened.

Emergency services from Limerick, as well local Gardai, had responded to the emergency call at around 8.30pm and following the discovery, Mr Ahern’s body was taken to University Hospital Limerick, where a post-mortem was due to be carried out today.

Mr Ahern worked as an agricultural contractor as well as running the popular Ahern’s Pub clsoe to the Tipperary / Limerick border on the Newport to Limerick road.

The accident is being investigated by Nenagh and Newport Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority has been informed of the tragedy.

It’s the second workplace death in Tipperary this year. Last February, Paddy Horgan from Kinsale, who was working with Balfour Beatty, died in an explosion while working on the natural gas pipe line to Nenagh at Ballywilliam.