Farm Ireland

Monday 11 December 2017

Body found during search for missing farmer following discovery of tractor in river

Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Gardai have confirmed that a body has been recovered from the river Feale in North Kerry where a search has been taking place for a 70-year-old farmer that has been missing since Monday.

The farmer has been named locally as Jim Keane from the Lixnaw area.

The body was discovered at 4:30pm yesterday evening by Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue.

Gardaí earlier confirmed that a tractor was found in the river.

It is suspected the farmer's tractor may have slipped into the river in a steep area on his farm.

The Health and Safety Authority HSA have confirmed that it is aware of the incident and is launching an investigation.

The news comes following confirmation by the HSA that farming continues to be the most hazardous occupation in Ireland, consistently reporting the highest number of fatalities in comparison to other sectors over the last number of years.

At this weeks National Conference on Farm Safety it highlighted that in recent years 19 people, on average, have been killed each year in farm related workplace incidents, with 194 farming fatalities in the last decade (2006 – 2015). There have been 14 deaths to date in 2016.

Analysis of fatal accident statistics from the Health and Safety Authority show that farmers are eight times more likely, than those in the general working population, to die in a workplace accident.

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