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Man becomes 16th farm fatality of the year

A Garda spokesperson confirmed that the accident happened on a farm near Hacketstown
A Garda spokesperson confirmed that the accident happened on a farm near Hacketstown

A man has died following a farm incident in Carlow.

The ma, who is in his 60s, died following an accident on a farm yesterday, Gardai said. A Garda spokesperson confirmed that the accident happened on a farm near Hacketstown.

Gardaí at Tinnehely attended the scene where the accident happened, just after 4pm on Saturday.

A man in his 60s was fatally injured while carrying out work on farmland. He was pronounced dead at scene and conveyed to Naas Hospital Mortuary.

The Health and Safety Authority has been notified and a post mortem will take place.

This is the 16th farm fatality to happen on Irish farms this year. Two farmers in Co Kerry died in separate farm accidents in recent weeks.

Farmers are eight times more likely to die in a farm accident than any other occupation and figures from the Health and Safety Authority show that working with machinery and animals are the two main causes of deaths on Irish farms.

On average 19 people are killed on Irish farms every year, making farms the most dangerous work places in Ireland.

There have been almost 200 farm fatalities in the last decade.

Margaret Donnelly