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DAA failures cost driver his life

A driver who fell off a loading bay at an Aer Lingus warehouse lay there for almost 30 minutes before he was found.

John Murray from St Patrick’s Close, Skerries, Co Dublin, fell off a one-metre high loading bay on November 10, 2014.

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) worker Anthony Lynch saw a body lying on the ground as he drove into warehouse area and called emergency services.

But Mr Murray had suffered fatal head injuries and died. The married father of two worked for DB Shenker Ireland.

Dublin Coroner’s Court heard that drivers routinely climbed onto loading bays to enter the warehouse because pedestrian access doors were locked.

Ken Bradshaw, head of cargo operations at Aer Lingus, said he had never seen a driver gain access to the warehouse by climbing onto the loading bay.

The jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure and recommended that Dublin Airport Authority CCTV cameras be monitored.

The Murray family, through their solicitor Dermot McNamara, welcomed the verdict.

“In this case, the failure to ensure drivers used a safe pedestrian option, ultimately cost Mr Murray his life and left a family with a devastating loss,” Mr McNamara said.