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Monday 24 July 2017

Man (30s) dies after falling on farm

Last year 21 people died in farming-related accidents in Ireland.
Last year 21 people died in farming-related accidents in Ireland.
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

A man in his 30s has died in a farming accident in Kerry today.

The accident occurred at Lisheenbawn, Farranfore, Kerry today when a man, in his 30s suffered a fall on a farm he was working on.

Gardaí were alerted to the accident at around 11am this morning and the main was taken to Tralee Hospital with injuries that were described as "critical".

He was later pronounced dead. A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Authority said it was investigating the incident.

Gardaí from Castleisland were notified and are investigating, as is the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). Last year 21 people died in farming-related accidents on Irish farms.

Just last week the European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan warned that Irish farmers who break farm safety rules will risk losing their EU grants.

He said the rate of serious workplace accidents was reducing in Ireland and across the EU – but no such progress was happening in farming where 21 Irish people were killed in 2016.

“But we have to do more in the light of the recent accidents and heart-breaking tragedies which have hit so many farm families in 2016,” Mr Hogan said.


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