Warning of hidden danger on farms as quad accident kills pensioner
Father whose son drowned highlights unseen perils
A farmer who lost his six-year-old son in a drowning tragedy has warned landowners that farms hold invisible dangers, particularly for children.
Padraig Higgins was speaking as Cork County Council launched a special farm safety campaign to highlight dangers for children and to try to reduce the spiralling number of lives being lost on Irish farms.
Tragically, the safety appeal was issued as yet another man died in an Irish farm accident.
The victim, named locally as Tom Hales (83), died when the quad bike he was operating on land in Ballineen in west Cork apparently overturned and crushed him.
Mr Hales suffered critical injuries in the accident on Tuesday morning and died despite desperate efforts to stabilise his condition. The pensioner was out inspecting his land when the tragedy occurred.
He was the 18th person to die in a farm accident in Ireland this year. Three deaths have occurred over the past month. Last year, four children died in farm accidents.
Mr Higgins said the death of a child was very traumatic and admitted his family was still haunted by the 2008 death of his youngest son James.
The little boy fell into a soak pit and drowned as he was walking from his family home in Offaly to his grandfather's house nearby to show off his new pair of glasses.