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Saturday 24 March 2018

Injured farmer hit by bale he was 'trying to stop rolling out of field'

Stock Picture. Copyright Roger Jones
Stock Picture. Copyright Roger Jones

Patrick Flynn

A man injured in a farm accident in Co Clare on Tuesday evening may have been trying to stop a hay bale from rolling down a slope.

The man had been working on a farm near Fanore in the north of the county when the accident happened at around 7.00pm.

According to locals, the bale had just been dispatched from the baler when it began to roll down field which is located on the side of a hill overlooking the Atlantic.

The man in his 40s is believed to have stepped in front of the runaway bale in an effort to stop it however, the half-tonne round bale knocked him to the ground and rolled straight over him.

The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard was requested to respond to the scene and assist the National Ambulance Service. Volunteers had been training at their base at the time and were able to respond quickly.

The Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, had been returning from a training exercise in Galway Bay when it was also tasked. The helicopter turned around and routed to Fanore reaching the scene in a matter of minutes.

Coast Guard volunteers had secured and marked a landing zone for the helicopter and after ambulance paramedics had treated and stabilised the casualty at the scene, Coast Guard volunteers helped stretcher the man to the helicopter..

The helicopter crew airlifted the man to Shannon Airport where an ambulance was waiting to transport the casualty to University Hospital Limerick by road. The man is understood to have sustained crush injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

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A local man said: “I saw the commotion down in the field and I could see what happened. It looks like he stood out in front of the bale to stop it but it levelled him. He’s a very lucky man. He should have just let it go."

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) said: “The HSA is aware of the accident and is following up with the HSE to get more information."

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