Man killed while working under car in Belfast

Police and ambulance services were sent but the man died at the scene

Man killed while working under car in Belfast
Ambulance crews at the scene. Image: Kevin McAuley.

A man has died after getting crushed by the car he was working on in south Belfast yesterday (Monday 30 July), the Belfast Telegraph reports.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said they are treating the incident as a “non-suspicious sudden death”.

In a statement, the Ambulance Service said: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service attended an incident this afternoon in the Malone Road area of Belfast.

“The call was received at 15:28 and NIAS dispatched one Rapid Response Paramedic and one Emergency Ambulance crew to the incident.

“No one was transported from the scene.”

Social Democratic and Labour Party councillor for the area Donal Lyons said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the man’s family, loved ones and friends at this moment.

“This is such a quiet and settled road and all would know each other.

“This will send shock waves around the neighbourhood.”

Jack failure

The news comes just three months after a 21-year-old man lost his life while attempting to remove the engine from a BMW in Halisham, East Sussex.

The BMW fell onto the man’s chest, leaving him pinned underneath the vehicle after the jack which had been supporting it failed.

The Halisham incident prompted calls for greater awareness about the dangers of working under a car, with many GW readers noting the importance of axle stands.

Last year a DIY mechanic was lucky to escape with his life when the Mercedes Sprinter he was working on fell on top of him.

After hearing cries for help, a gym-going neighbour manages to free man by single-handedly lifting the van up as another Good Samaritan dragged the mechanic free.

Have you or someone you know had a close call? Share your comments and experiences below.

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    Ken Ashton

    Do it yourselfing is becoming less and less practical . The garage trade must ensure trust and no nonsense prices to help reduce incidents like this and near misses .

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    trevor ross

    This just goes to show the dangers people are not aware of when working on vehicles, the number of times I’ve told apprentices of for not having axle stands under the car,they don’t think it will ever happen to them.I went out into the car park once and found one sitting on the floor legs under the car only a jack holding up the car, made him put stands underneath and had him in the office for a telling off and to make sure he understood the life changing implications it can have of not using axles stands.

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