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Friday 20 October 2017

Farmers urged to be vigilant as road accidents highlight dangers

Paul Melia and Darragh McCullough

THE driver of this tractor was lucky to escape with nothing more than shock after his vehicle struck a roundabout and overturned.

Gardai said the man was driving the 180hp John Deere 7530 and slurry spreader at the Powerstown roundabout near Leighlinbridge in Co Carlow when it clipped the central median.

The roundabout was closed for 90 minutes after the accident last week, gardai said.

The driver was taken to St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny suffering from shock, but otherwise uninjured.

The roundabout has been the scene of several accidents in recent months, with local councillors blaming incorrect slopes in the design of the junction.

The 2007 reg tractor is capable of driving at speeds of up to 40kmh. Both tank and tractor are estimated to be worth at least €70,000.

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The machinery was removed for technical examination and the crash site washed down afterwards.

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The incident happened in the same week that a 64-year-old farmer died after his tractor veered off a small road in Co Clare and overturned in a field.

Gardai are examining the possibility that the father of two, Kevin McMahon, may have suffered a medical episode in the moments before the incident.

Both the ICSA and ICMSA have urged motorists to be extra careful on the roads with increased farming activity during the good weather.

The ICMSA are appealing to both farmers and contractors to ensure all work is carried out on a 'safety-first' basis with no relaxation of vigilance or safety standards to be permitted.

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The Health and Safety Authority has also urged farmers to be extra vigilant when it comes to taking on young workers for the summer.

European figures indicate that young people are at least 50pc more likely to be hurt at work than more experienced staff.

Irish Independent