A tragic accident on a farm in Co. Limerick has resulted in the death of a man in his 60s. The incident occurred in the Galbally area, located in the eastern part of the county. The local authorities, gardaí, were alerted to the fatal workplace incident at a premises in Galbally on Tuesday afternoon, January 16th. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to the mortuary at University Hospital Limerick for a post-mortem examination.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been informed and will be conducting an investigation into the incident. At this time, no further information is available regarding the circumstances of the accident.
This tragic incident highlights the dangers faced by those working in the farming industry. According to figures released by the HSA earlier this month, farming remains one of the most hazardous occupations in Ireland. In 2023, the farming and construction sectors accounted for more than two-thirds of the 43 work-related fatalities reported. The agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector recorded a total of 20 fatalities, with 16 of them directly related to farming activities. The county of Cork had the highest number of fatalities in this sector, with five work-related deaths occurring in 2023. The construction sector had the second highest number of reported work-related fatalities, with a total of 11.
The HSA’s investigation into this recent incident will seek to determine the cause and circumstances surrounding the man’s death. It is hoped that the findings of this investigation will help raise awareness about the dangers associated with working on farms and promote greater safety measures within the industry.