A 69-year-old man had died in an accident on a farm in Co. Cavan today.

The man fell off a roof at approx 12.40pm today (Wednesday) according to official reports, at a farm near Cormeddyduff, Virginia.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has been removed to the mortuary at Cavan General Hospital. The incident is being investigated by the Gardai and the HSA have been informed.

It brings to 14 the number of farming-related deaths in Ireland this year.

Just yesterday (Tuesday) a man in his 80s died in a fatal road traffic accident in Wicklow, after his tractor was involved in a  traffic accident.

The incident occurred on a minor road at Ballycullen near Ashford, Co. Wicklow. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier this month a man in his 60s was killed in Donegal after being attacked by a bull.

It follows one other farm death in August and three in July. Research from the Health and Safety Authority shows that farm machinery and animals are two of the most likely causes of farm deaths in Ireland.

It has also found that age is a serious consideration when farm accidents and fatalities occur with young children and the elderly most vulnerable.