Man airlifted to hospital after Moneypoint accident

Man airlifted to hospital after Moneypoint accident

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The incident happened at Moneypoint power station this afternoon – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A man has been airlifted to hospital after he was injured in a workplace accident in Co Clare this afternoon.

The man in his 30’s is understood to have fallen from a tractor at the ESB’s power generating station at Moneypoint near Kilrush. The incident happened at around 2.00pm.

It’s believed the man was working as a contractor at the plant and fell several feet from a tractor suffering leg and hip injuries.

Ambulance paramedics responded to the incident and treated the casualty at the scene initially but decided he should be airlifted to hospital.

Gardaí were also notified of the incident and requested to attend at a local GAA field to secure a landing site for the helicopter.

The casualty was transported by road ambulance to the playing field where the Shannon based helicopter, Rescue 115, landed. The man was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. The man’s injuries are believed to be non life-threatening.

The journey by road would have taken up to 80 minutes while the helicopter was able to reach the hospital in just 15.

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