A man is being treated for serious burns in hospital after an accident at a North Tipperary creamery.
Separate investigations into the incident in Nenagh will be carried out by gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority.
Gardai say the alarm was raised at around 7.40 last night after the man who works with Arrabawn Co- Op in the North Tipperary town suffered serious burns in an accident at the premises.
He was rushed by ambulance to McDonagh Park where the Irish Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 115, which is based in Shannon, airlifted him to Cork University Hospital.
Gardai and members of the civil defence were also involved in the operation.
The man- understood to be from Nenagh is currently being treated in the burns unit of CUH and gardaí have notified the Health and Safety Authority.
Statement from Arrabawn Co-op – “an accident took place at our main production facility in Nenagh at 7:40p.m. last evening in which a member of staff was seriously injured. He was treated immediately by our on-site trained first aid representative. Paramedics attended the scene shortly afterwards and he was transferred to Cork University Hospital last evening.
Our thoughts first and foremost are with our injured staff member and his family. We remain in constant contact with his family with regard to his condition and offer our support to them in any way we can provide it.
We are reviewing circumstances surrounding the accident and will cooperate with representatives of the Health and Safety Authority in their formal investigation, which commences today, into the incident.