Man dies in machinery-related accident on Kerry farm

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

The incident happened yesterday, November 12, around 4pm. 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.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is understood to be investigating the accident. It brings to 16 the number of farm fatalities that have happened in Ireland this year.

It is the second farming-related fatality to happen in Co. Kerry this month.

Earlier this month, a 70-year-old farmer was reported missing after his tractor was found submerged in the River Brink on November 2 in the north of the county.

Following a search by the Gardai, the body of the missing farmer was recovered a day later on November 3.