Man in his 60s dies at meat processing factory in Northern Ireland

A man in his 60s has died at a meat processing factory in Co. Derry last night, the Health and Safety Executive in Northern Ireland (HSENI) has confirmed.

The HSENI is aware of the incident and is currently making inquiries.

The man was reportedly found slumped over one of the machines at the factory, the HSENI told Agriland.

It has been reported that the death occurred at WM Grants on the Coney Road in Derry.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed that officers attended a facility on Coney Road in Derry, on Sunday April 9, following a report of a sudden death.

A man in his 60s was declared dead at the scene, the PSNI added. Officers are expected to liaise with the HSENI, as they investigate the circumstances.

Recent deaths in Northern Ireland

Last week, a 4-year-old child died following a farm accident in Co. Fermanagh, the PSNI confirmed.

The PSNI attended the scene in the Maguiresbridge area, where the accident reportedly occurred at around 8:30pm on Thursday, April 6. The child was sadly pronounced dead at the scene, PSNI Inspector Glen Latimer said.

“Local PSNI [officers] will work closely with the Health and Safety Executive as they investigate the circumstances,” he added.

This was the second farm death reported in Northern Ireland in 2017, with both occurring in the space of two weeks.

The previous week, a farmer in Northern Ireland was laid to rest following a farm accident involving a bull. Alex McKinley is reported to have been working on his farm, near Omagh in Co. Tyrone, on Tuesday, March 28, when he was attacked by the bull.

The 75-year-old is believed to have been going about his daily routine when the accident happened. Emergency services were called to the scene, but attempts to resuscitate the farmer proved unsuccessful.