HSA investigating farm death after woman dies after cow attack

Another farm death has occurred on an Irish farm, after a woman was attacked by a cow.

The accident happened in the Meath/Dublin area, last Wednesday where it is reported she was attacked by a cow that had recently calved.

She later died in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital from injuries she sustained.

The Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are investigating the incident.

The HSA said that they only confirmed the death in recent days.

This brings to eight the number of deaths that have occurred on Irish farms this year, last month a man died on his Co. Tyrone farm after being attacked by a bull.

‘Farm accidents are unacceptably high on Irish farms’

In recent months the HSA has said that livestock on Irish farms have become more aggressive.

Figures from the HSA show that livestock are responsible for 13% of farm fatalities, the second highest cause after farm machinery.

HSA figures also show that while dairying accounts for just 17% of farm enterprises in Ireland it had 57% of fatal farm incidents in 2007 which makes dairy expansion an area of great concern.

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

“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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