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Work restarts on three mile tunnel to convey gas following site fatality

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By Tom Shiel: 5 November 2013

After a break of almost two months, work restarted yesterday on the ¤68 million tunnel to bring natural gas inland to the Corrib gas refinery at Bellanaboy in north Mayo.

The giant tunnel boring machine Fionnuala had been idle since September 8th when a German worker, Lars Wagner (26), a mechanical fitter, was killed on the site.

All operations were suspended on the 4.9km (three mile) tunnel as safety checks were carried out. Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority launched separate investigations.

Mr Wagner was from the Offenburg area, in the state of Baden-Württemberg. He was one of several German personnel working on the tunnel which is a joint venture project between BAM Civil and Wayss & Freytag, both of which are subsidiaries of the Royal BAM Group.

The tunnelling teams, who work in shifts, had been on paid leave since the accident.

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