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Man (18) is fifth to die on farms this month


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A teenager in Co Meath has become the fifth farm-related fatality this month.

The 18-year-old died following an accident in a farmyard at Kellystown near Slane, Co Meath.

The incident occurred shortly before 4pm on Saturday. According to gardaí, it's understood the young man was carrying out works on a vehicle when he sustained serious injuries.

He was treated at the scene by emergency services personnel but died a short time later.

His body has since been removed to the mortuary at Our Lady's Hospital, Navan.

The scene has been examined by gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), while the local coroner has been notified. Enquiries are ongoing. Foul play is not suspected.

With the number of young people and children at home on farms, and the amount of work being ramped up, the HSA is concerned by the number of fatalities.

It was the fourth farm-related fatality last week following the death of two children and an adult.

Clare Smyth (35) and her youngest child Bethany (3) were killed instantly when their quad bike collided with a tractor on the Whitepark Road in Ballycastle, Co Antrim.

Separately, 10-year-old Louise Colhoun died after she was hit by a tractor on the family farm at Bellaghan, Umgall Bridge, Malin, Co Donegal, last Wednesday.

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Earlier this month, John Reynolds (74), a farmer in Ballinhassig, Co Cork, was killed after being gored by a bull that attacked him from behind as he tended to cattle on his family farm.

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