Sunday 18 August 2019

Farmer (50) killed when his tractor overturned

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Ralph Riegel

A farmer was killed in a tragic accident while working in Co Cork.

The 50-year-old man, who was originally from Tipperary, suffered fatal injuries as he worked on a farm outside Glenville, some 20km north of Cork city, yesterday evening.

It is understood that the man was killed when his tractor overturned.

He died before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

As is routine in such tragedies, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been informed.

A file will now be prepared for the Cork Coroner's office.

Gardaí stressed that the man will only be identified when all his relatives are informed.

Farming remains Ireland's most dangerous sector of the economy in terms of work-related deaths.

A total of 17 people lost their lives in farm-related accidents in 2018.

However, that was five fatalities fewer than the average of 22 annual deaths recorded between 2013-2017.

The majority of those who died in farm accidents last year were aged 65 years and older.

Almost two-thirds of fatal accidents involved various types of agri-machinery.

Around one-third of accidents involved injuries sustained from handling livestock.

Irish Independent

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