Investigationafter falling concrete post kills farmer
TWO separate investigations were under way last night after a well-known farmer tragically died when a concrete post toppled over on to him.
Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority have launched investigations into the accident that claimed the life of Peter Egan, from Liscahane, Ardfert, Co Kerry.
The 56-year-old father of three was working on his farm with a small digger on Thursday when a concrete post on the vehicle is believed to have toppled over on to his head.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Kerry General Hospital for a post-mortem examination yesterday.
His death brings to 11 the number of people who have been killed in agricultural accidents so far this year.
Mr Egan was a well-respected farmer and former secretary of the Kerry branch of the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA).
He was also a boyhood friend of Sinn Fein's agriculture spokesman Martin Ferris who was devastated by Mr Egan's death. "He was a great IFA man, a great GAA man, a great family man and a great friend," he told the Irish Independent last night.
Mr Ferris said he first met Mr Egan in 1970 as neighbours and they grew up together.
He was a huge GAA fan and a member of the Kerry supporters' club.
"He was a very caring and understanding man. He was just one real nice guy," he said.
IFA spokesman Niall Madigan said the farming organisation was also devastated to hear of Mr Egan's death.
The accident is the latest in an alarming number of farm fatalities so far this year, he said.
The IFA is currently in the midst of a major safety awareness campaign to try to counter the spate of accidents.