Date set for Corrib Gas tunnel death case

A CIRCUIT Criminal Court case against two construction companies who have had charges brought against them arising from a fatal workplace accident at the Corrib Gas tunnel project in Co. Mayo in September 2013 will be heard in June.

Counsel for the State, Patrick Reynolds, BL, indicated to Judge Rory MacCabe today (Monday) he expects the trial to go into a second week.

Proceedings have been taken against BAM Civil Ltd. and Wayss and Freytag Ingenieurbau AG following an investigation by the Health and Safety Authority into an accident in which German-born hydraulic technician Lars Wagner died.

Mr. Wagner was killed while working on the 4.8 km tunnel under Sruwaddacon Estuary. The tunnel was under construction at the time.

Both companies, which were under contract, are charged with several breaches of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

The start date of the trial hearing will be decided next month.