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Farmer (50s) dies following tree-cutting accident

A farmer (50s) has died following what is understood to be a tree-cutting accident in Co Limerick.

The accident occurred in the Grange area of Brittas in the county yesterday morning (Wednesday, November 24th, 2021).

Tree-cutting accident 

Confirming the news to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:

“Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of an incident in the Grange area of Brittas, Co Limerick at approximately 9:30am yesterday morning, Wednesday, November 24th, 2021.”

“One male, aged in his 50s, received fatal injuries in the course of this incident. His body was removed to Limerick Regional Hospital morgue where he was later pronounced deceased.”

“The Health and Safety Authority have been notified,” the spokesperson concluded.

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Farmer lucky to be alive after being impaled by telehandler

Farmer, Jonathan Willis, will be “eternally” grateful to everyone involved in saving his life following an accident.

The father-of-five was working on his farm near Wisbech in the UK on October 26th, 2020, when he was involved in an accident.

He had been unloading a trailer of straw bales when his telehandler rolled forward. He became impaled on one of the tines, spearing him through the back and out the other side, through his abdomen.

Wendy, his wife, raised the alarm and minutes later, the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) was on its way.

The EAAA team worked with the ambulance, police and fire and rescue teams to assess Jonathan’s injuries. Using an angle grinder, they cut him free from the telehandler.

Now, with the ‘spear’ still through his body, Jonathan was taken by road to Addenbrooke’s, where an expert surgical team waited.

He remained conscious throughout and had to keep as still as possible. Experts warned that any movement could have resulted in catastrophic bleeding.

The farmer under-went emergency surgery to remove a metre long piece of metal from his back and abdomen. There were approximately 30 people in the operating theatre at one point.

Emmanuel Huguet led the operation, and Addenbrooke’s surgical team worked throughout the night to save Jonathan.

They operated on him for almost seven hours.

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