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"We hope this is the last fatality" – to leave the tragic father killed in an accident at work

Mr Collier died at the port in Dublin
Mr Collier died at the port in Dublin

A funeral service for a man in North Dublin who died in an accident at a Dublin port this week will be held tomorrow.

The man was announced locally last night as the father of four Nicholas Collier, of Swords and Rachene.

Survived by his wife Tricia; his sons Conor, Daragh, Killian and Sean; his parents Mary and Tom and his siblings Amon, Tony, Catal and Selena, he will be staying at the family home today from 6pm to 8pm.

A funeral Mass will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. At St. Finian's Church, River Valley, swords and Mr. Collier will be laid to rest in the cemetery in Dardistown.

He was a truck driver for a family-owned transport company based in north Dublin.

There are currently two separate investigations into his death. One is conducted by gardai and the other by the Health and Safety Authority.

Emergency services were called to the North Docks at the Port of Dublin at 10.30am on Wednesday, where Mr Collier was found fatally injured.

Of course he was crushed by a shipping container.

His tragic death prompted union officials to call for more protection for the dock workers.

Jerry Brennan, organizer of Siptu's ports, ports and ports, said Mr Collier's death was the eighth this year involving port and port workers.

"Siptu calls for an immediate meeting with the Minister for Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Heather Humphries and her health / safety officials," he told the Herald.

"These tragedies happen with frightening and painful regularity.

"Beyond my understanding is how the construction industry has benefited from the requirement of a national safety certificate for almost 30 years and yet there is no such national requirement in our ports and ports.

"We hope this is the last fatal death before the necessary action is taken to ensure that our ports and docks become safer working conditions," he added.

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