Teenager dies after farming accident in Carlow

The teenage boy, seriously injured following a farming accident in Carlow, has died.

The farming accident occurred in Ballan, Carlow and left the teenager seriously injured.

The HSA said the accident occurred at the farm in Ballon, Co. Carlow and said the accident involved a tractor and trailer and it is believed the trailer overturned and ended up in a river.

A spokesperson for the HSA said they could not confirm details of the accident yet but that it had sent inspectors to the scene, but initial reports suggested the boy was seriously injured.

“Inspectors have been sent to the scene and an investigation is underway.”

This year 11 farm deaths have occurred – seven have involved farm machinery.

Eleven farm deaths have occurred on on Irish farms this year. In July a farm death occurred in Kerry and another farm death occurred in Mayo – both incidents involved farm machinery.

Machinery has been cited by the Health and Safety Authority as the major cause of farm deaths and farming accidents in Ireland in recent years.

Almost half of all fatal incidents have involved tractors or machinery (49%) and the next most hazardous activity causing death is working with livestock (13%), the HSA says.

The next most hazardous activities in relation to farming accidents and deaths are drowning while working close to slurry or water (11%), with falls from Height at (9%), and falling objects and working with timber on the farm both accounting for (7%), the HSA says.

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