Sylvester Phelan and Conor Finnerty
Farm fatality in Kerry
An elderly man was killed in a farm accident in Co. Kerry, it has been confirmed.
The victim died in the incident – involving a tractor – this morning (Thursday, July 19).
Gardai were called to the scene of an incident this morning at 11:00am on a farm in the Listowel area of the county, a spokesperson for An Garda Siochana confirmed.
A man in his 90s was fatally injured at his farm, where Gardai remain on the scene. Investigations are ongoing, the spokesperson added.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) confirmed that it has been notified and that it will be conducting an investigation. No further details are known at this time, a HSA spokesperson said.
This marks the 14th farm fatality to occur this year, and the second to occur this week – in the midst of Farm Safety Week.
2 farm fatalities in 4 days
On Monday, a 54-year-old woman died following an apparent farm accident in Co. Galway while tending to cattle.
An Garda Siochana confirmed the incident – which occurred at Curracuggeen, Headford, at 1:00pm on Monday afternoon.
The HSA was alerted to the incident and it is liaising with Gardai. A full investigation will depend on the results of the post-mortem.
It is understood that a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on the body. There were no witnesses to the incident, according to the HSA.
In a statement, Gardai said: “The incident occurred sometime between 6:00am and 12:45pm on July 16. A female (54 years) was tending to her cattle in a field and was apparently fatally injured by same.
“A local doctor attended the scene and pronounced death; her body has been removed to University College Hospital Galway.”