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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Man (30s) dies in farm incident

A male, aged in his 30s, has died following an incident on a farm in the west of Ireland.

The incident occurred in Ballymote, Co Sligo, on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021.

Farm incident 

In a statement to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:

“Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of an incident in which a man his 30s was injured at a farm in Ballymote, Co Sligo, on September 2, 2021.”

“The man was taken to Sligo University Hospital to be treated for his injuries, where he later passed away.”

“The scene is currently preserved, and the Health and Safety Authority has been notified. Investigations are ongoing,” the Garda spokesperson concluded.

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Child (3) dies on farm

Last month, we reported that a three-year-old child died after an incident involving a vehicle on a farm in West Wales.

Police arrived at the scene of private property in the Clynderwen area at approximately 7 pm on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said:

“Dyfed-Powys Police was alerted to a collision involving a vehicle and a child at a private property in the Clynderwen area at approximately 7 pm on Tuesday, August 3rd.”

“Sadly, a three-year-old boy died at the scene. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing. The family is being supported by specialist officers.”

“The Health and Safety Executive and HM Coroner have been informed. Nobody else was injured.”

Action plan to tackle farm deaths

The Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (FSPAC) has published its latest action plan for 2021-2024.

The FSPAC, an advisory committee to the HSA board, is tasked with improving occupational health and safety in the sector.

Over the past decade, more people died in agriculture compared with any other economic sector.

The new Farm Safety Action Plan aims to reduce the level of fatalities, serious injuries, and ill-health in the agriculture sector.

The FSPAC has identified five critical areas for attention:

  1. Behaviour, education and training;
  2. Health and vulnerable persons;
  3. Tractor, high-risk machinery;
  4. Livestock handling;
  5. Buildings, work at height.


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