Man (50s) dies in weekend farm accident following a fall

A 59-year-old man has died following a farm accident near Schull, Co. Cork over the weekend, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has confirmed to Agriland.

The man suffered fatal injuries after falling from a 10 foot height whilst working on his own, the HSA says. It is understood that the victim fell through a roof.

It is also understood that the victim died at the scene on Friday as a result of the injuries sustained and local emergency were called to the accident on Saturday.

The Health and Safety Authority are currently investigating the incident.

This is the second fatal farm accident to occur during the month of December.

Earlier this month, a man in his 70s died following a farm accident in Co. Tipperary after he was crushed under the vehicle he was working under.

The incident happened in Cullen, Co. Tipperary and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

This weekend’s latest tragedy brings the total number of fatal farm accidents to 20 this year. Last month there were three farm fatalities.

Farming continues to be the most hazardous occupation in Ireland, consistently reporting the highest number of fatalities in comparison to other sectors over the last number of years, according to the HSA.

In recent years 19 people, on average, have been killed each year in farm related workplace incidents.