Castlemaine man died of crushing injuries when wall collapsed

A Castlemaine man was crushed to death when a concrete wall fell on him, Tralee Coroner’s Court has heard. coroners court Maurice O’Dwyer had been carrying out work on a silage pit on a farm at Ballygamboon Lower, Castlemaine when the accident occurred on May 26th last year. The inquest found Mr O’Dwyer died as a result of traumatic asphyxia associated with crushing injuries. Maurice O’Dwyer from Boolteens, Castlemaine was employed on a casual basis by his life-long friend Dermot Hayes when the accident occurred. The two were carrying out remedial works on a silage pit on the farm of Oliver Mason at Ballygamboon, Castlemaine on May 26th, 2014. Mr Hayes told the coroner’s court he was making an embankment with an excavator and had his back to Mr O’Dwyer. When he turned around he saw Mr O’Dwyer in a trench and the wall was slipping. He shouted at his friend to get out of the trench and although Mr O’Dwyer had succeeded in getting one leg out, he fell back in and the wall collapsed on top of him. Garda Brian O’Sullivan told the inquest he found Mr O’Dwyer underneath a concrete wall face down with the wall on his back. The 51-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.