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Tragic Death in Limerick: Dock Labourer Succumbs to Acetate Acid Poisoning |

Tragic Death in Limerick: Dock Labourer Succumbs to Acetate Acid Poisoning

In a sombre turn of events, Thomas Costelloe, a dock labourer, was admitted to Barrington’s Hospital on Saturday evening, battling the effects of acetate acid poisoning. Unfortunately, his struggle for survival ended tragically, as he passed away this evening.

The circumstances surrounding Costelloe’s poisoning are both perplexing and concerning. According to the Constabulary, the dock labourer and some of his colleagues were given a bottle of acetate acid by the master of a vessel in port. Costelloe, unaware of the perilous contents, consumed a significant amount of the liquid, resulting in fatal consequences.

Acetate acid, a highly corrosive substance, can pose severe health risks if ingested. The incident has prompted an immediate investigation by local authorities to determine how such a hazardous substance made its way into the hands of the unsuspecting workers.

The Limerick community is grappling with shock and sadness as news of Costelloe’s untimely death spreads. The 38-year-old dock labourer was known among his peers as a diligent and hard-working individual. His sudden demise has left a void in both the workplace and the tight-knit community.

Barrington’s Hospital, where Costelloe was admitted, extended its condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. The medical staff worked tirelessly to provide the best possible care, but the toxic nature of acetate acid proved insurmountable.

Local authorities are collabourating with the port authorities and relevant agencies to unravel the circumstances leading to the distribution of acetate acid among the dockworkers. Preliminary reports indicate that the master of the vessel, who provided the substance, may have been unaware of its dangerous properties.

This tragic incident raises concerns about the need for increased awareness and strict regulations surrounding the handling and distribution of hazardous materials in industrial settings. The Limerick Port Company, along with labour unions, is urging a comprehensive review of safety protocols to prevent such incidents in the future.

As the community mourns the loss of Thomas Costelloe, there is a collective call for accountability and measures to ensure the safety of workers in and around the Limerick Docks. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are determined to bring clarity to this unfortunate event, offering solace to the grieving family and ensuring that lessons are learned to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Dublin Daily Express – Monday 14 October 1912

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