Dublin farm death as farmer dies in hay barn fall

Another farm death has occurred, when a North Co Dublin farmer in his 60s died in farm accident yesterday (Monday).

The farm death is believed to have occurred in the West Curragh region of Naul.

The local man, in his 60s, was repairing the roof of a hay barn when he fell. Gardai arrived to the scene around noon and the HSA are believed to be carrying out an investigation into the latest farm death to occur.

This brings to four the number of farm deaths on Irish farms this year.

A man died in January when a tractor rolled down a bank and crushed victim against the end of the shed in Kilkenny.

Another died when he was feeding cattle and his tractor rolled back, pinning him under the rear wheel in Kerry.

The other victim was found trapped in the opening of a 600L tank which was part of the milk cleaning system, in Wexford. He was 42.

‘We need to work collectively to improve our farm safety record’- Coveney

The number of farm accidents are unacceptably high on Irish farms and it is important that we work collectively to improve our safety record, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said.

Minister Coveney was speaking at a Teagasc farm walk in Co. Louth where he launched ‘Farm Safety Fortnight’ with Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash.

“I have provided a substantial grant aid scheme to support safer farms and it is my intention to provide further support in 2015 but it is equally important that farmers themselves increase awareness of farm safety,” Minister Coveney also said.

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