Tragedy as man, 40s, dies in 'workplace accident' at Irish whiskey distillery in Cork
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Tragedy as man, 40s, dies in 'workplace accident' at Irish whiskey distillery in Cork

A MAN has tragically died following a workplace incident at a whiskey distillery in Co. Cork.

Dominic Knowles, aged in his 40s, was killed in an "industrial accident" at an Irish Distillers whiskey maturation plant in Dungourney, at around 9am on Monday.

Mr Knowles, from Ballintotis just outside Midleton, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body was removed to Cork University Hospital where a post-mortem is due to be carried out.

Both Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are investigating the fatal accident.

The distillery where the death occurred is a world leader and home to globally recognised brands, such as Jameson.

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A spokesperson for Irish Distillers said: “Irish Distillers regrets to confirm that one of our members of staff was involved in a serious incident, which resulted in a fatality this morning in Dungourney, Co Cork.

“We would like to express our deepest sympathy to his family. We are offering all the support available to those affected by this tragic accident.

“At this time, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further, as the incident is the subject of an investigation by An Gardaí Síochána and the Health & Safety Authority.

"We are cooperating fully with the investigation.”