4-year-old child dies following farm accident in Co. Fermanagh

A 4-year-old child has died following a farm accident in Co. Fermanagh last night, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has confirmed.

The PSNI attended the scene in the Maguiresbridge area, where the accident reportedly occurred at around 8:30pm.

The child was sadly pronounced dead at the scene, PSNI Inspector Glen Latimer said.

“Local PSNI [officers] will work closely with the Health and Safety Executive as they investigate the circumstances,” he added.

This is the second farm death reported in Northern Ireland in 2017, with both occurring in the last two weeks.

Last week, a farmer in Northern Ireland was laid to rest following a farm accident involving a bull. Alex McKinley is reported to have been working on his farm, near Omagh in Co. Tyrone, on Tuesday, March 28, when he was attacked by the bull.

The 75-year-old is believed to have been going about his daily routine when the accident happened. Emergency services were called to the scene, but attempts to resuscitate the farmer proved unsuccessful.

Survived by his wife and four children, McKinley was laid to rest on Friday, March 31.

The Health and Safety Executive in Northern Ireland (HSE-NI) has confirmed that an investigation would be carried out.

Yesterday, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) confirmed that a farmer in his 80s near Rhode in Co. Offaly died as a result of a farm accident involving a quad.

The man was reportedly found after 9pm on Wednesday night, April 5. A full investigation is set to be carried out by the HSA.

It followed a number of fatalities, due to accidents on farms during the month of March. A total of five fatalities have been recorded in the Republic of Ireland, as a result of farm accidents in 2017.

Also in January, there was one construction-related death that occurred on a farm. A man in his 30s died following a fall from a wall on a farm in Co. Kerry.