Tragedy as toddler (2) dies following 'freak' farm accident
A TODDLER has died after a freak farm accident in which he was accidentally struck by a heavy steel gate.
The accident, which occurred shortly before 12 noon, saw the two-year-old boy suffer serious injuries.
The accident is understood to have occurred on a premises just outside Schull in west Cork.
A local GP raced to the scene and worked with Health Service Executive (HSE) paramedics to stabilise the toddler's condition.
However, such were the nature of the injuries that a decision was made to request an air-transfer to Cork University Hospital (CUH).
Irish Coastguard officials worked with gardai and HSE officials to co-ordinate the transfer.
The toddler was transferred by helicopter, via a landing site on a GAA pitch, to CUH with critical injuries.
The child's distraught parents were also brought to CUH.
Tragically, despite desperate efforts to stabilise his condition the toddler died shortly after arrival.
Gardai have described the incident as a freak accident on a farm.
The little boy is understood to have been playing when a heavy steel gate suddenly fell on top of him.
As is routine, a Health and Safety Authority (HSA) review into the tragedy will now take place.
The accident occurred after 2014 was described as one of the worst years on record in Ireland for farm tragedies.
A total of 30 people lost their lives, an alarming 87pc increase on 2013.
Nine of those who died were aged over 65 years.
Five of the deaths involved children.
The HSA warned that around 60pc of farm accidents now involve tractor and machinery.
Dairy farms are the most dangerous, accounting for 58pc of all farm fatalities, despite only making up 17pc of all farms.