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Friday 22 September 2017

Investigation underway after man killed in tractor accident

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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A man in his 60s has been killed after the tractor he was driving went off the road and hit a ditch in Co Waterford.

The crash happened yesterday morning at 11.20am in the townland of Ballinageeragh, in Dunhill.

The man was the only person in the green Fendt tractor and there was no other vehicle involved in the incident.

The victim, who was named locally as James Keane, was from Fahafeela in Kilmacthomas.

Gardai at Kill in Co Waterford are investigating the accident.

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It comes as a report published today by the ERSI has warned that farmers seeking more help for difficult jobs on the land may be key to reducing the numbers of accidents and deaths in the country’s most dangerous workplaces, experts have warned.

The often solitary profession has seen 138 people killed in farm accidents over the past seven years – this makes farming the most lethal job in the country in terms of lives lost.

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A new report pinpoints extra help on farms as a major factor in reducing ‘near misses’ and accidents at a time when workplace ‘burnout’ is on the rise following the increase in the country’s herd of dairy cows following the lifting of milk quotas.

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“Farm safety is a critical issue,” said Dorothy Watson, one of the author’s behind the latest Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Health and Safety Authority (HSA) research.

The figures show the rate of fatalities in farming is nearly 10 times the average across all workplaces.

The new research found 27pc of farmers take a risk by failing to get help with difficult jobs, with 26pc admitting failing to use safety gear such as goggles or ear protection another precautions.

Some 12pc of the 800 farmers surveyed reported that they do not use power take-off shafts to avoid becoming entangled in machinery.

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It found unmarried farmers were more likely to take risks in not checking machinery before use.

Farmers with larger farms, over 100 hectares, were more likely to take risks by not routinely using safety gear, however they were more likely to have help for difficult jobs.

In both cases, accidents and near misses were more common on larger farms.

Overall 12pc of farmers were personally involved in an accident in the previous 10 years, while 27pc reported a near miss. However, researchers pointed out they selected farmers in counties with a high accident rate.

Martin O’Halloran, chief executive of the HSA, said research helps give an understanding of the “mind-set” of unsafe practices on farms so they can help reduce it.


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