A male in his thirties has died following a workplace accident on a farm in County Meath, Gardaí have confirmed.
The accident occurred earlier today, Tuesday, June 20th, 2023.
In a statement to www.thatsfarming.com, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:
“Gardaí responded to reports of a workplace accident in the Castletown area of Meath shortly after 12.30 pm this afternoon, Tuesday, June 20th, 2023.”
“A man aged in his 30s suffered fatal injuries. The HSA and local coroner have been notified,” the spokesperson added.
No further information is available.
Cavan farm accident
The news comes just days following an accident involving a male in his 50s on a farm in Co Cavan.
Gardaí from Belturbet and Ballyconnell, combined with their emergency service colleagues in the National Ambulance Service, Irish Air Corp Medi Vac and Cavan Fire Service, responded to reports of a man with “serious injuries” following an incident on June 16th, 2023, in Butlersbridge, Co. Cavan.
According to a statement from Cavan Monaghan Garda Division, a man in his 50s was injured whilst working on his farm, sustaining injuries which required him to be airlifted to Tallaght Hospital.
The spokesperson reported “that the man is now continuing to recover in hospital, and we send our best wishes to him as he recuperates”.
In terms of workplace fatalities, agriculture is the most dangerous occupation in Ireland, with an average of 19 fatal incidents per year on farms over the past decade.
Fatalities on farms account for over 40% of all fatal workplace incidents in Ireland, while farmers only account for 6% of the workforce.
With around 4,500 non-fatal injuries annually on farms, many are life-changing and place the farmers’ livelihood and farm at risk.
Earlier this month, we heard from a Cork dairy and pig farmer who was attacked by a bull on his farm, which you can read via this link.