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Male airlifted to hospital following incident involving animal at mart

A man has been airlifted to hospital following an incident involving an animal at a livestock mart in Northern Ireland.

It is understood that the incident, reportedly involving a bull, occurred at Ulster Farmers’ Mart Co. Ltd (also known as Enniskillen Mart), Co Fermanagh, on Thursday, April 21st, 2023.

A male, understood to be in his 20s, was airlifted by Air Ambulance NI to Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast after initially being taken to South-West Acute Hospital.

A spokesperson for the NI Ambulance Service, in a written statement released to media, said the incident had been reported to them at around midday on Thursday.

It reads as follows: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 12:01 on Thursday, April 21st, 2023.”

“NIAS despatched Charity Air Ambulance with HEMS on board were also tasked to the incident who then transported the patient from South-West Acute Hospital to the Royal Victoria Hospital,” the spokesperson concluded.

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No further information is available at the time of publishing this article.

Firm fined over €14,000 after death of man at mart

Previously, That’s Farming reported that a Co. Tyrone firm was fined £12,500 (over €14,000) following the death of a man at a livestock mart.

Clogher Valley Livestock Producers pleaded guilty to one breach of health and safety legislation at Belfast Crown Court, following an incident where a farmer, Mr Harry McAnespie, died after being struck by a gate at the livestock mart in June 2018.

The court heard that McAnespie had been struck by an “inadequately maintained steel stock-proof gate” when a young bull had attempted to jump over the gate.

This incident resulted in Mr McAnespie receiving “serious head injuries”. The court was told that the gate had a defective latch which meant the gate could not close properly.

You can read more on this news article.

Mart fined after employee fatally injured by dairy bull

We also reported that a livestock mart appeared in court after one of its employees was fatally injured when he was struck by a dairy bull that he was helping to load onto a lorry.

The incident occurred at Gisburn Auction Marts Ltd on August 25th, 2017.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard that the employee was helping to move a bull and four cows towards a waiting lorry.

Whilst trying to load the livestock onto the lorry, the bull turned and attacked the employee, causing fatal injuries.

Gisburn Auction Marts Ltd of The Auction Mart, Gisburn, Clitheroe, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

The judge ordered the company to pay a fine to the tune of £18,000 along with £8,819 in costs – Read more via this link.

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