A 59-year-old farmer in Co. Galway has become the latest fatality in Irish farming.

The accident happened in Crumlin, Ballyglunin, Co. Galway and according to a Garda spokesperson the man died after he fell off a roof on the farm.

It is believed that the man died yesterday and was discovered today, according to the spokesperson.

Gardai in Millstreet are investigating and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been notified.

This is the third death in the Republic this year involving a fall from a height.

This latest death brings to 16 the number of people killed in farming-related accidents in the Republic of Ireland this year.

Tractors and machinery are the number one cause of deaths on Irish farms with six people being killed by machinery this year.

When it comes to roof safety the Health and Safety Authority advises the following:

  • Use safe systems of work when working at heights.
  • Proper roofing ladder / crawling boards should always be used.
  • Ladders if used should be in good condition, placed at the right angle and securely tied.
  • Be aware of fragile roof lights/panels.
  • On a fragile roof, use proper roofing ladders or crawling boards.
  • Erect a suitable barrier to prevent falls while carrying out extensive work on roofs.
  • Consider using competent construction contractors for all work at height.