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Monday 20 November 2017

Farmer dies tragically after tractor knocks him into slurry pit

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Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

A farmer in Co Clare died last night in a farming accident.

The incident occurred on a farm near Labasheeda in west Clare and according to Gardai the man died after falling into a slurry pit.

It is understood that he was operating a tractor and slurry tank close by at the time around 7.20 in the evening.

A farm worker raised the alarm and emergency services including the Fire Brigade were alerted, but the man who was 50 was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Gardai.

It is understood he was standing by an open slurry pit and the tractor rolled knocking him into the pit.

The man was taken to Limerick Regional Hospital.

The Health and Safety Authority is carrying out an investigation into the incident.

This is the eight death on Irish farms this year and comes at a busy time in farming.

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Agriculture Minister Michael Creed recently warned a combination of high-powered machinery and fatigue due to long hours behind the wheel are factors that can increase the risk of accidents.

"Farmers and contractors are taking full advantage of the current excellent spell of weather and are literally making hay while the sun shines. This of course means longer working days and added pressure to get seasonal harvesting work done," said Mr Creed.

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