Funeral for worker killed in industrial accident at quarry

Victor Nicholl
Victor Nicholl

The funeral has taken place of the Co Londonderry quarry worker killed as a result of an industrial accident on Friday.

Victor Nicholl had been working at FP McCann’s on the Drumard Road near Maghera at the time.

The service for the 62-year-old, conducted by the Rev Canon Raymond Stewart, took place on Monday afternoon at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland in Kilrea.

Mr Nicholl has been described as “a hard working man” who had been with FP McCann for the past 19 years.

He lived in the Fallahogy district outside Kilrea.

It was reported that Mr Nicholl had been driving a 60-tonne dumper truck shortly before the incident.

On Friday, a spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said they had been made aware of a fatality at a quarry and were investigating.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this most difficult time,” the spokesman added.

In a statement, FP McCann said: “It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of our colleague and good friend Victor Nicholl in a tragic accident in the Cloghrim quarry.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Victor’s partner Primrose, his family and friends.”

SDLP councillor Martin Kearney paid tribute to Mr Nicholl, describing him as “a popular man who was very highly respected in the community”.

James Shiels, a DUP representative on Magherafelt District Council, said: “It is an understatement to say that this tragic accident has caused widespread shock and grief.”