Farm Ireland

Sunday 21 January 2018

Man airlifted to hospital after farm accident

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Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

A man was airlifted to hospital after sustaining serious head injuries on a farmland in Co Roscommon yesterday.

Gardaí in Keadue and emergency services attended a workplace accident which occurred on farmland in Carnault, Arigna yesterday at approx 8am.

A man in his 60s was airlifted to Galway University Hospital with head injuries. The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) were notified and investigations are ongoing.

According to the Gardai Siochana, the man has since been transferred to Beaumont Hospital.

It comes as the HSA continues its month-long intensive farm inspection campaign. The inspections are aimed at reducing the number of accidents resulting in injury and death on farms.

Inspectors from the Authority will visit almost 500 farms over the next few weeks and there will be a particular focus on the safe handling of livestock.

Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority, has said that although the calving period is a particularly risky time of the year, dangerous situations can be minimised. 

“I would encourage Farmers to take time to understand the basics of animal behaviour and be alert for signs of aggression.  In particular, care is needed around cows with a new born calf when they can be unpredictable and much more likely to attack. 

“Never turn your back on a cow with a new born, have a planned escape route and keep children and inexperienced handlers well away”.

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