Man killed in Cork farming accident is named locally

Man killed in Cork farming accident is named locally

A village in West Cork is in shock following the tragic death of a well-known farmer in the area.

A village in West Cork is in shock following the tragic death of a well-known farmer in the area.

Thomas Hill (70) was killed in a farming accident in Leap yesterday afternoon.

It is believed Mr Hill was injured by livestock on his farm.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident at approximately 1.30pm on Monday where Mr Hill was found unresponsive.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body was removed to Cork University Hospital and a post mortem investigation is due to be carried out.

Local county councillor Joe Carroll (FF) told The Echo that the community is in shock at the incident.

“It’s a tragedy for Tommy’s family and the whole community,” he said.

“The whole village was shocked and the sympathies and thoughts of everyone in the community go out to his family at this sad time.

“He would have been well known and well-liked in the area and it’s a desperately sad thing to happen,” added Cllr Carroll.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been made aware of the fatal accident.

According to HSA statistics, farming remains the most dangerous job in Ireland with an average of 21 deaths a year in workplace incidents and 207 farming fatalities in the last decade (2009-2018).

A file is to be prepared for the coroner.

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