Farm Ireland

Sunday 19 November 2017

Man killed in farm accident in Carlow

Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

A man in his sixties has died following a farm incident in Carlow on Saturday.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed that the accident happened on a farm near Hacketstown.

Gardaí at Tinnehely attended the scene where the accident happened, just after 4pm on Saturday near Athboy, Hacketstown.

The man was named locally as Mick Lambert, from Ardnaboy, Co Carlow.

Mr Lambert is believed to have been injured working in a trench on his land when the sides caved in on top of him.

He is survived by his wife Catherine, with whom he ran Lambert's Hardware shop in Hacketstown, as well as five brothers and five sisters. He was also pre-deceased by one brother and two sisters.

The popular store owner received tributes online from family members and a number of local groups.

His nephew Eoin Brady described him as "a man that was always smiling, laughing or joking" who will be "sadly missed".

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The Health and Safety Authority has been notified and a post mortem will take place.

This is the 16th farm fatality to happen on Irish farms this year. Two farmers in Co Kerry died in separate farm accidents in recent weeks.

Farmers are eight times more likely to die in a farm accident than any other occupation and figures from the Health and Safety Authority show that working with machinery and animals are the two main causes of deaths on Irish farms.

On average 19 people are killed on Irish farms every year, making farms the most dangerous work places in Ireland.

There have been almost 200 farm fatalities in the last decade.

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