THE Health and Safety Authority is today launching an investigation after a farmer was killed in a tragic workplace accident.
It is understood that the man died on his farm, in Castledermot, Co Kildare, at around 12.30am today.
Gardai have confirmed that the farmer, who was in his 50s, went out to check his livestock after midnight.
In the dark, it is believed he accidentally walked into a sharp instrument, seriously injuring himself.
It is believed that the sharp object was one of the prongs on equipment attached to a tractor and used to lift hay.
The injured farmer was able to make his way back to the house where his wife called an ambulance immediately.
Emergency services took him to Naas General Hospital where he later passed away.
Initial reports suggested that the sharp implement may have been a 'rake' - a term used by farmers to describe equipment with a number of prongs.
However the HSA has said that this could not be immediately confirmed, and it may have been a smaller, two-prong lifting device.
“No specific information about the incident has been passed on to us as of yet,” a spokesman told the Herald today.
“We were notified this morning and an inspector is currently on the way to the scene,” he added.