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Award for deadly Corrib Gas Project

John Donovan -

t does seem odd that The Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline has been voted Engineering Project of the Year at this years Engineers Ireland Awards.

I say this bearing in mind the news just months ago that two of the construction firms involved in the project face trial over a workplace death that occurred. See the Irish Times report below.


Corrib companies charged over gas tunnel death

Two construction firms face trial over fatal workplace incident at Co Mayo project

Lorna Siggins: Wed, Jun 8, 2016

Two construction companies have had charges brought against them following a fatal workplace incident almost three years ago at the Corrib gas tunnel project in Co Mayo.


German-born hydraulic technician Lars Wagner (26) died during work on the 4.8km tunnel under Sruwaddacon estuary on September 8th, 2013.

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

Proceedings are being brought against BAM Civil Ltd and Wayss and Freytag, Ingenieurbau AG, both of which were under contract to carry out the tunnel construction project for the Corrib gas partners.

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


State solicitor for Mayo Vincent Deane told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had consented to a trial, and he requested that the matter be sent forward to a sitting of Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Alan Mitchell sent the matter forward for trial at Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court on June 21st.

Judge Mitchell issued an alibi warning to both companies under Section 20 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

This section allows for a 14-day notification period in the event that the defence intends to call evidence tending to show the accused “was not or was unlikely to have been” at the place where the offence is alleged to have been committed.







Dear John, I see you have already noted Engineers Ireland (EI) 'gong to selves' for what you rightly call 'the deadly Corrib Gas Project' (Shell to Sea remember the unnecessary death of Lars Wagner RIP, although EI appear to have wilfully forgotten it); it's not surprising you consider it odd but I'm afraid that continues to be how things are done in Ireland - incompetence gets the gong, integrity gets the boot.

All the best, from Maura Harrington, Shell to Sea.

Posted Date: 
11 November 2016