Second farm death in a week as man (70s) dies in farm accident involving quad bike

Gardai are investigating a second farm death in the space of a week as a farmer in his 70s has died following a farm accident in Co. Meath yesterday evening, May 5.

It is understood that the accident was involving a quad bike and happened when the man was out on farmland.

The accident happened in Ballinkerry, near Enfield in the county. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Navan hospital.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been informed and the scene has been preserved for investigation by both the Gardai and HSA.

Earlier this week a 65-year-old farmer died after he was crushed by a tractor after it rolled over him on May 2, in Co. Kerry.

The farm accident happened in Ballylongford in north county Kerry around 9.50am, a Garda spokesperson confirmed to Agriland.

The Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are also investigating the farm death.

This is the fifth farming-related fatality in Ireland this year and the fourth in which a male in his 60s has died due to a machinery-related accident.

In January, a man in his 60s died in Co. Kilkenny when a loader fell on him and last month another farmer in his 60s in Cavan died in an accident involving a tractor.

Machinery is associated with 17% of farm deaths, according to Teagasc and between 2005 and 2014, 58 people were killed due to accidents with tractors and farm vehicles.

According to Health and Safety Authority (HSA) figures, 73% of these deaths were caused by crushing.

Some 12% of fatalities were caused by the vehicle overturning, 10% were struck by the vehicle and 5% of fatalities were due to falls from the vehicle.