A TRAGIC farm accident in Liscarroll in north Cork, which claimed the life of a man in his 70s, is being investigated by gardaí.
The man’s body was found in a shed at around 2pm and he was pronounced dead at the scene. He was taken to Cork University Hospital where a postmortem examination will be conducted.
Gardaí have confirmed they are investigating the incident as standard procedure.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has also been notified and will conduct their own investigation.
The death continues a trend of workplace tragedies on farmyards in Ireland.
There have been 207 deaths in the agriculture and farming industry over the past 10 years — 23 of those deaths were children.
During that time, more than 50%, or 104 deaths, were caused by machinery or farm vehicles. Thirty per cent, or 61 deaths, were due to tractors or other farm vehicles, and a further 21% (43 deaths) were from machinery.
Thirty-three deaths were caused by livestock and 35 deaths were due to falls or collapses.
According to the HSA, the old and the young are exceptionally vulnerable to death and injury on Irish farms.
The Liscarroll tragedy is the second workplace-related death in Cork within a week.
Last Tuesday, a man in his 50s died at a timber processing plant in Enniskeane, West Cork.
Gardaí and the HSA launched a probe into the accident which happened at GP Wood timber yard when the man was struck down when walking or standing behind a piece of machinery at the plant.