Farmer dies in quad bike accident on farm

An 83-year-old farmer has died following an accident which happened on in Co. Cork yesterday afternoon, An Garda Siochana has confirmed.

The accident happened in Carrigroe, Enniskeane area of the county before 2.30pm.

It is understood that the farmer fell from a vehicle, understood to be a quad bike. A Garda spokesperson said that the scene has been preserved and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been informed.

It brings to three the number of farm fatalities that have happened on Irish farms this November and 18 in total this year.

Two weeks ago a man in his 60s died following a farm accident in Co. Carlow. The incident happened on a farm in Athboy, Hacketstown.

The week previous to that a 43-year-old man died after he was involved in an accident involving machinery on a farm in Farranfore, Co.Kerry.

The incident happened on November 12 and it’s understood that the man was removing a hedge trimmer from a tractor when the incident happened.

A Garda spokesperson said that the man was treated at the scene by emergency services but pronounced dead a short time later.

Farming continues to be the most hazardous occupation in Ireland, consistently reporting the highest number of fatalities in comparison to other sectors over the last number of years, according to the HSA.

In recent years 19 people, on average, have been killed each year in farm related workplace incidents, with 194 farming fatalities in the last decade (2006 – 2015).

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