Coroner’s records verdicts in Tarbert ESB deaths

A Coroner’s Inquest has recorded a verdict of death by misadventure in the case of two men who were killed after a fire broke out at Tarbert Power Station last year. ESB workers Patrick McCrohan from Doon, Tralee and Michael Healy from Tarbert were killed when a faulty circuit breaker failed to interrupt a key current flow in the North Kerry power station on July third, 2003. The Inquest heard from a friend and co worker of both victims Dermot Thornton who described how in a matter of seconds the room at Tarbert Power Station was transformed into an inferno following a freak electrical explosion. Attempts were made by Dermot Thornton to extinguish the fire on both men. However secondary fire threatened to engulf Mr Thornton also and was left with no choice but to flee.A local GP arrived and administered emergency first aid to the three men who were admitted to Kerry General. Mr McCrohan died the following day while Mr Healy died six days later after being transferred to the burns unit in Cork University Hospital. The ESB told the inquest that the incident was linked to a faulty circuit breaker and had since revised its procedures, now all local operation of switch gear had ceased and is only conducted via a separate control room. The inquest in Cork yesterday ruled that in light of the evidence heard, a verdict of death by misadventure would be recorded for both men.