Investigation launched after man (70s) dies in suspected farm accident

An investigation has been launched following the death of a man in his 70s in Upperchurch, Co. Tipperary earlier today.

A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana confirmed to Agriland that the incident occurred at approximately 12.30pm.

Both An Garda Siochana and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have launched investigations into the accident, which is believed to have involved a tractor.

It is understood that the victim was struck by a tractor while carrying out reclamation work on his land. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to University Hospital Limerick for a postmortem.

This is the ninth fatal farm accident to occur on an Irish farm this year.

On April 27, a Co. Wexford farmer passed away in hospital after being involved in a farm accident involving livestock the day earlier. This was just one of four fatal farm accidents to occur during the month of April.

The month of March saw three men die in separate farm accidents in counties Wexford, Offaly and Roscommon. The men died following accidents with either farm machinery or livestock.

In the first week of January, a man in his 80s died on a farm in Co. Wexford. 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.