Boy (4) dies in farming accident while on holiday
Published 30/07/2015 | 02:30
A four-year-old boy has been killed in the nation's latest agricultural accident.
The tragedy occurred at a farm near Belmullet, Co Mayo, shortly after 8.20pm yesterday evening.
The boy was on holiday in the area visiting family with his parents when the incident took place. A tractor was involved in the accident.
The youngster was rushed to Belmullet District Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.
A post-mortem is due to take place in Ballina today to determine the cause of death.
The scene of the accident was preserved last night for a technical examination.
Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are both investigating the incident.
The death of the little boy brings the number of farming-related deaths in Ireland this year to 10.
On Saturday, a man in his 50's died on a family farm in Co Kerry.
Earlier this month a woman was killed on a farm on the Dublin/Meath border when she was trampled by a cow.
It follows a similar incident in May when a woman was killed in Monaghan after also having being mauled by a cow.
The HSA now say the average age for an Irish farmer is 57-years-old.
The authority says that age and location are key factors in farm deaths in Ireland with children and elderly people the most likely to die.
Farming is the most dangerous occupation in Ireland and last year the number of farm deaths almost doubled from 16 to 30.
The agriculture sector accounts for more than half of all workplace deaths.