Aviation Firm Faces Trial Over...


Aviation Firm Faces Trial Over Death Of Dublin Airport Worker

Fiona Cooney
Fiona Cooney

04:29 27 Jun 2022

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Swissport Ireland Ltd. will face trial over the death of one its employees at Dublin Airport almost four years ago.

64-year-old Richard Gracey was seriously injured after falling from the doorway of a cargo plane on November 24th, 2018.

The father of five was from Belfast originally, but lived in Balbriggan in north county Dublin.

He was taken to Beaumont Hospital after the fall, but died later.

The Health and Safety Authority conducted an investigation, resulting in charges being brought against his employer Swissport.

The company is accused of failing to provide adequate fall prevention measures at Terminal 2, when Mr Gracey was working at the cargo doorway of an Air France plane.

The firm came before the Dublin District Court today.

Judge Anthony Halpin allowed a two-month adjournment for the prosecution to complete a book of evidence.

It must be served on the defendant before the District Court judge grants a return for trial order.

Court report by Tom Tuite

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