Farm Ireland

Monday 21 August 2017

Three people injured after 'animal attack' at cattle mart

Ennis Mart: Photo: Google
Ennis Mart: Photo: Google

Patrick Flynn

Three people were injured when they were reportedly attacked by an animal at a mart in Co Clare yesterday.

The incident, which is being investigated by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), happened in the cattle loading and off-loading area at Ennis Mart at around 10am. The HSA confirmed it had been notified of an incident in which three people were injured.

The incident is understood to have happened at around 10am in a loading and off-loading area at the rear of the mart complex.

Details of the incident are vague but it’s known that one man was seriously injured while two others were not as badly hurt.

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Ambulance paramedics treated the injured at the scene while one man was rushed to University Hospital Limerick with a head injury.

One farmer said he saw a man being “thrown in the air” after being attacked by a bull or bullock.

The Health and Safety Authority has confirmed they have been notified of the incident and that a formal investigation is now underway.

A spokesman for Clare Marts confirmed: “An incident took place in the Ennis Mart on Thursday 25th May at the point of intake of animals. Three men were injured and taken to hospital and two men remain in hospital. All agencies were notified of the incident.”

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