Man (60s) dies in farming accident 'after he is fatally injured by animal'

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Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Gardaí in Granard are investigating the sudden death of a farmer (mid 60s) on his farm in Longford.

The incident occurred yesterday May 23rd, 2019 at Rathmore, Aughnacliffe, Co. Longford.

It is believed that the farmer was fatally injured by an animal.

Gardaí were alerted to the incident at approximately 4.30p.m. and the body was removed to the local hospital where a post mortem will take place.

The HSA has been notified and they will carry out their own investigation.

A garda file will also be prepared for the Coroners Court.

Fatalities on farms year to date are already close to the total for 2018.

Ten fatalities have been officially recorded as 'farming fatalities', while at least five more which have occurred on farms are under investigation.

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This is because they have yet to be classified as a farm fatality.

Farming remains Ireland's most dangerous sector of the economy in terms of work-related deaths.

A total of 17 people lost their lives in farm-related accidents in 2018.

However, that was five fatalities fewer than the average of 22 annual deaths recorded between 2013-2017.

The majority of those who died in farm accidents last year were aged 65 years and older.

Almost two thirds of fatal accidents involved various types of agri-machinery.

Around one-third of accidents involved injuries sustained from handling livestock.

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