A man in his 60s has died following a farm accident in Co. Carlow yesterday (November 19), a spokesperson for An Gardai Siochana confirmed to Agriland.

The incident happened on a farm in Athboy, Hacketstown, Co. Carlow at 4pm yesterday evening, when the man was fatally injured whilst working on the farm.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed for a postmortem in Naas Hospital.

An Garda Siochana and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are set to investigate the incident, the Garda spokesperson confirmed.

Yesterday’s incident brings to 17 the number of farm fatalities that have happened in Ireland this year.

Last week, 43-year-old man died after he was involved in an accident involving machinery on a farm in Farranfore, Co.Kerry.

The incident happened on  November 12 and it’s understood that the man was removing a hedge trimmer from a tractor when the incident happened.

A Garda spokesperson said that the man was treated at the scene by emergency services but pronounced dead a short time later.

His body was removed with the permission of the Coroner and the Health and Safety Authority to the morgue at University Hospital Kerry, Tralee where a post mortem will be carried out.

Gardaí have examined the scene and the matter is being investigated in accordance with the Coroners Act, the spokesperson said.