Two separate investigations are under way into the death of a council worker who died last night.

The 47-year-old was seriously injured after he was hit by a pole during clearance work while working close to a water reservoir at Carr's Hill near Cork City yesterday afternoon.

He died at Cork University Hospital last night.

The Health and Safety Authority and Cork County Council have both launched inquiries into the incident.

In a statement yesterday, Cork County Council said it is deeply shocked and distressed at the tragic accident which claimed the life of one of its employees and extended its sincere sympathy to his wife and family.