Man airlifted to hospital after Gort incident

Man airlifted to hospital after Gort incident


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
The air ambulance lifts off from a field close to the scene – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A man has been airlifted to hospital after a pile of timber he was delivering fell on top of him.

The accident happened at around 2.20pm at a house near Gort in Co Galway.

It’s understood the man in his 20’s was making a delivery when he became trapped beneath a pallet timber.

A unit of the fire brigade from nearby Gort along with local gardaí responded to the incident.

An ambulance and rapid response advanced paramedic unit were sent from Ennis in Co Clare.

After being assessed by paramedics, the Emergency Aeromedical Service air ambulance was requested to airlifted the injured man to hospital.

The casualty was taken to University Hospital Galway where he is being treated for his injuries.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has confirmed: “This incident has been reported to us and we will be investigating.”


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.