A man has died following an accident on a farm in Co. Monaghan today (Tuesday, July 3), a spokesperson for the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland (HSA) has confirmed to AgriLand.

The accident occurred this afternoon on a farm near Threemilehouse in Co. Monaghan.

An investigation into the accident has been launched, the HSA spokesperson added.

It has been confirmed by An Garda Siochana that the man in question was in his 70s.

In a statement, Gardai said: “The man fell into a slurry pit shortly after 3:00pm; he was pulled out a short time later, but was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Second fatal accident in recent days

This tragedy represents the second fatal accident to occur on an Irish farm in recent days.

On Saturday, June 30, a farmer was killed in an accident in Co. Mayo, a spokesperson for An Garda Siochana confirmed.

Continuing, the Garda spokesperson outlined that Gardai were called to the scene of the incident at Clogher, Claremorris, Co. Mayo.

A man in his 50s was fatally injured in the farm accident, the spokesperson added. The HSA were subsequently informed.

In 2017, a total of 24 work-related, fatal accidents occurred on Irish farms; this meant that three more fatal farm accidents were recorded in 2017 compared to the previous year – making it the eighth year in a row that the agriculture sector recorded the highest number of work-related fatalities.