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Man in his 50s dies in farm accident involving cattle


A man in his 50s has died following a farm accident in Co. Roscommon on Saturday, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has confirmed.

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

The HSA has said that the man was working with cattle at the time, but it is understood the man was working alone and there were no witnesses.

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

The man was airlifted to Galway University Hospital with head injuries and was subsequently transferred to Beaumont Hospital.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) were notified and an investigation is ongoing.

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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