Young man dies after being crushed in Cork dairy

A young man has died after being crushed while working at Clona West Cork Foods in Clonakilty according to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

The man, aged in his mid to late twenties from Clonakilty was fatally injured after he was crushed on the dairy premises.

The incident involved a truck and a trailer and it happened this morning (Tuesday) around 10am, the HSA confirmed.

Emergency services responded to the incident however, the man was prounounced dead at the scene by a local doctor, it is reported.

The HSA were notified of the death and is conducting a separate investigation to the Gardai.

This is the second death related to Irish farming in the past week. Last week a woman in the Garristown area, near the Meath/Dublin border was attacked by a cow

It is believed that the cow had recently calved and the woman was brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital where she died from injuries sustained from the attack.

‘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.

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