Man dies after farm accident in Wexford

A man in his 30s has died after suffering injuries in an accident while working on his farm today, Thursday, July 9.

Gardaí have confirmed that officers attended the scene of the accident, which occurred in the Ballycarney area of Co. Wexford, to the north of Enniscorthy.

The incident occurred at around 8:30am this morning. The man’s body was removed to Waterford Mortuary for a post-mortem examination.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been notified of the incident, and is investigating the circumstances of the accident, Gardaí confirmed.

15 farm deaths this year

This brings to 15 the number of farm deaths in the Republic of Ireland this year to date, and brings to 18 the number of deaths across the whole island of Ireland.

At the end of last month (June), four ministers from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland issued a joint call for an increased awareness of farm safety on the island of Ireland.

Then Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed; the North’s Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots; the North’s Minister for the Economy, Diane Dodds; and then Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, all highlighted the need for farmers, and all of those involved in agriculture, to play their part and reduce the rate of farm deaths.

In a joint appeal for awareness, the ministers said: ‘‘We all have a long association with farming and have all seen first-hand the devastation that follows farm incidents and fatalities.”