The UCC maintenance worker killed in an accident yesterday was described by fellow staff members as “immensely popular”.
Frank McGrath, aged 58, died after he was crushed under a cherry picker machine.
The accident occurred on the walkway, off the Western Road entrance, near the Student Centre shortly after 4pm. He had been working on the maintenance of lighting at the campus. Gardaí are treating the incident as a tragic accident. A separate investigation has been launched by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). From Richmond Hill in Cork city, Mr McGrath was a married man and father of one.
UCC paid tribute to their colleague today: “Frank McGrath joined UCC in 1986 and was a most respected member of the Buildings and Estates Department. Immensely popular among all staff, he was elected on two occasions to membership of the Governing Body where he shared his wisdom, pragmatism and above all his loyalty to, and pride in UCC.
“The university is deeply saddened by the accident and wishes to extend its sincere sympathy to his family and colleagues.”