Wilton offer deepest condolences to family of worker

Tributes paid to young man locally

The company at the centre of a tragic workplace accident has expressed its deepest condolences to the family and friends of a teenage worker who died tragically yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

In a statement to The Anglo-Celt, a spokesperson for Wilton Waste said: “The company offers their deepest condolences to the employee's family at this very sad time. As a mark of respect, the company has decided to close the gates until further notice."

The incident at the Wilton site at Kifagh, near Ballyjamesduff, happened on Thursday afternoon, June 13, shortly after 4.30pm.

Gardaí and emergency services attended, but the 17-year-old worker was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) were also notified, and a file will be prepared for the Coroner's Court.

A post-mortem is set to take place in due course.

'A terrible tragedy'

Local Fine Gael Councillor Trevor Smith described what had happened as a “terrible tragedy”.

He described the deceased was a “popular young lad”, and that the local community in Kilnaleck and surrounding areas were reeling in “shock” from the news.

“I'm sure the local community will support [the young man's family] in any way they can,” said Cllr Smith, who also expressed his deepest sympathies to the teenager's family.

A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána confirmed to the Celt: “Gardaí and emergency services were alerted to a fatal workplace accident at a premises in Cavan yesterday afternoon, 13th June 2024 shortly after 4.30pm.

“A 17-year-old male was pronounced deceased at the scene. His body has been removed from the scene to the mortuary in Cavan. A post-mortem will take place in due course.

“The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been notified.

“A file will be prepared for the Coroner's Court.”

The HSA have been contacted for comment.