Saturday 20 January 2018

Man dies from injuries after being crushed by machinery

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

A YOUNG man has died after he was crushed by machinery while working on a farm.

The town of Rockcorry, in Co Monaghan, has been left in shock following the death of local man David Fitzpatrick.

It is understood the 28-year-old sustained serious injuries after he became trapped by machinery at about 4.45pm on Thursday while at work.

He was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Castleblayney before being airlifted by helicopter to Our Lady's Hospital, Navan.

Despite the best efforts of doctors, he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Health and Safety Authority has launched an investigation into the incident, which gardai have described as a tragic workplace accident.

Farmers have been reminded to take extra care while at work.

"This is an awful tragedy, particularly for the family," local councillor Pat Treanor said.

"The community is in shock to hear about this accident at work. It can be particularly dangerous to work on farms and I'd urge farmers to continue to be very careful."

Mr Fitzpatrick's father Ciaran runs a haulage business and was involved in the local Rockcorry GAA club. He and Mr Fitzpatrick's mother were said to be devastated last night. A post-mortem is due to be completed over the weekend.

Dangers

The HSA has launched a number of advertising campaigns recently to highlight the dangers of working on a farm.

The agricultural industry is widely seen as one of the most dangerous when it comes to work-related accidents.

Last year, the farming industry reported the highest number of work-related deaths for the third year in a row.

Of the 47 people killed in workplace accidents last year, 21 were agriculture-related.

This week's incident followed a separate fatality on a farm earlier this year, when a boy was crushed to death after being caught between a tractor and a shed on his family farm.

Irish Independent

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