Investigation launched after pensioner dies in Cork farm accident

Investigation launched after pensioner dies in Cork farm accident
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A GARDA investigation has been launched after a pensioner was fatally injured in an accident at a farm in West Cork.

Emergency services were alerted to an incident at a farm in Leap, Co Cork at approximately 1.30pm on Monday where a man in his 70s was found unresponsive and injured.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is believed the man had been working around livestock at the time of the incident that caused the injuries.

His body was removed to Cork University Hospital and a post mortem investigation is due to be carried out. Gardaí in Clonakilty are leading the investigation.

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).

There were 15 farm-related deaths in 2018. This number is expected to be exceeded in 2019.

A file is to be prepared for the coroner. 

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