Tributes to Dungannon accident victim

Tributes to Dungannon accident victim

People from the Co Tyrone community have paid to a man who died at a concrete firm there, describing him as a “true gentleman”.

He was Paul Colhoun, married with four children and living in Pomeroy.He died on Tuesday at Barrett's Cement in Eglish village, just a few miles from Dungannon. It is understood he may have fallen while working on a roof.The Ballygawley native and his wife Marie moved to the area several years ago.Sinn Féin Cookstown Councillor Cllr Cáthal Mallaghan knew Mr Colhoun."One of the big things that we've seen over yesterday on the social networks is this word 'gentleman'. Gentleman keeps coming up over and over again," he told UTV."A real family tragedy and a tragedy for the community here in Pomeroy, and I'm sure it goes further afield into Ballygawley as well. But the whole village here is numbed at the news of Paul's death."The cement works remained shut on Wednesday.A company statement says that Mr Colhoun was regarded as a valued colleague and a lifelong friend. It added that management and staff here have been left numbed by the death of someone they thought of fondly, as one of the family.As is standard practice in cases where someone dies in a workplace incident, the Health and Safety Executive has begun an investigation into what happened.A spokesperson for the Executive said the HSENI extended their sympathies to Mr Colhoun's family.


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