Man killed in accident on farm in Clare

A man has been killed in an accident which took place on a farm in Co. Clare earlier today (Friday, January 22), An Garda Síochána has confirmed.

The incident occurred when a wall collapsed in the farmyard, according to authorities.

Confirming the news to AgriLand, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:

“Shortly after 12:00pm on Friday, January 22, Gardaí were called to Doonaha, Kilkee following an accident in a farmyard.

A man in his 40s was treated at the scene for serious injuries after a wall collapsed. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

“His body has since been removed to the morgue at University Hospital Limerick. The local Coroner has been notified and a post-mortem examination will be arranged.

“A file will be prepared in accordance with the Coroners Act,” the Garda representative said.

Deaths on farms

The significant number of fatalities on Irish farms in 2020 as a result of workplace incidents was highlighted in a message to farmers from Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Martin Heydon earlier this month.

There were 19 fatal incidents on farms in 2020, with three of these being children under the age of 18, and nine being farmers aged 65 or more.

This follows 25 fatalities in 2017, 15 in 2018 and 19 in 2019.