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Teenager dies in farming accident

  A Lough Derg community has been plunged into mourning following the death of a local teenager in a farming accident. Nenagh Gardaí are investigating a fatality involving a 15 year-old from Ballina on a farm in Carrigatoher, Nenagh on Sunday at about 3.30pm. According to the Garda Press Office, the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene at the Health and Safety Authority has been notified. He has been named locally as Padraig McCormack, Ryninch, Ballina, Killaloe. The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has confirmed it is carrying out a separate investigation into the accident, which occurred on the teenager’s uncle’s farm. Investigators from the HSA visited the scene of the accident on Monday and spoke to a number of people in relation to the incident. The HSA will be completing a report on this incident, which will not be published. This is the first farm fatality in 2018. Last year, 24 people lost their lives in farming accidents …

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Work fatalities prompt renewed call for caution

WORK-related accidents claimed the lives of 55 people in 2015, according to figures released by the Health and Safety Authority. This is exactly the same number of fatalities that occurred in 2014. Fatalities in agriculture were down by 40%, with 18 deaths reported compared to 30 in 2014. However, construction fatalities increased from eight in 2014 to 11 in 2015 and the fishing sector also saw an increase from one in 2014 to five in 2015. Incidents involving vehicles were the main cause of fatal accidents in the workplace, accounting for 21 of the total. Fifteen people were killed as a result of falls from height, the second most common cause of death. Two-thirds of work-related deaths (37 of 55) occurred in businesses with fewer than 10 employees, mainly in agriculture, construction and fishing. There were four child fatalities in 2015, all of which occurred in agriculture. The county with the highest number of fatalities in 2015 was Cork with …

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Investigation into Connolly acccident

An accident in a forest in Connolly on Wednesday night, which has left a man with serious injuries, is being investigated by the gardaí and Health and Safety Authority. Two units of the fire service from Ennis were dispatched to the scene at Tulloghboy, Connolly, following a call for assistance by the ambulance service. The man, who is in his forties, sustained crush injuries to his chest, after he became trapped against a truck. The man was freed, and brought to University Hospital Limerick, where his condition is described as critical.

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Farm fatality figures up

Work related accidents claimed the lives of 55 people last year, representing a 17% increase on the 47 reported in 2013. Figures released by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) show fatalities in the agriculture sector increased by 87% in 2014, with 30 people killed [two in Clare]compared to 16 in 2013. For the fifth year running this sector has recorded the highest number of fatalities, representing roughly 55% of all work related deaths last year. Reflecting on what he desccribed as “a particularly horrific year for the agriculture sector”, Martin O’Halloran, CEO of the HSA, said, “The number of fatal accidents that occurred on farms last year was the highest in over 20 years. In May of 2014 alone there were five people killed. It is particularly tragic that five children lost their lives on Irish farms last year.” According to Mr O’Halloran, last year had the highest total number of workplace fatalities since 2008. “We are concerned at …

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Man dies in Ballyea farm accident

THE  man in his fifties, killed in a tragic farm accident near Ballyea, has been named locally as Gerry O’Connell. Shortly before 10pm on Wednesday night, Gardaí and emergency services were called to the farm where Mr O’Connell had suffered fatal injuries in the incident, believed to have involved a tractor and trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The area was sealed off pending the arrival this morning of the Health and Safety Authority who will commence their own investigation. The deceased man is well known in GAA circles and one of his son’s, Gearóid is a member of the Clare U-21 hurling team that faces Wexford next week in the All-Ireland final in Thurles. Another son Paddy is very prominent with the Ballyea hurling and Clondegad football clubs. Pending confirmation of the funeral arrangements, it is unlikely that Clondegad’s senior football championship quarter-final game with Kilmurry Ibrickane and their junior ‘A’ championship play-off game with Lissycasey, both …

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Farmers urged to work safely

Ahead this Thursday’s HSA/Teagasc national conference on farm safety and health in Kilkenny, the ICSA has urged Clare  farmers to engage fully with the issue. “Farmers can no longer ignore this issue,” said John Flynn, a member of the ICSA’s Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (FSPAC). “There are many different resources available to farmers, including DVDs, meetings and conferences like this one, and the onus is now on farmers to make use of these.” Mr Flynn also called on Teagasc to explore new ways to encourage farmers to give greater consideration to farm safety. “Older farmers particularly need more encouragement in this area, and while we acknowledge the good work being done by Teagasc, courses and materials need to be made more accessible for all farmers, such as running courses in the evenings rather than during the day,” he said.

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Clare children focus on ocean safety

The Health and Safety Authority and Clare Education Centre recently announced the county winners of the On the Ocean art and writing competition, which aims to raise children’s awareness of ocean safety For children in coastal communities, there was an additional focus on the life of fishermen, staying safe at sea, the role of rescue services and life in fishing communities. Winners in the Clare Education Centre catchment area were Stephen Kennedy, Bodyke National School; Aisling Moloney, Toonagh National School; Joanne Harmon, Health and Safety Authority; Nicole Cheng, Ennis National School; and Ksawery Domek, Scoil Chríost Rí. Joanne Harmon, who is the education manager with the Health and Safety Authority, and Pat Hanrahan, director of Clare Education Centre, presented the winners with certificates and prize money at a workshop in Galway, where the winning children had the opportunity to work with artists and writers from Kids Own Publishing. A book will be published on ocean safety from their work and sent …

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Farm safety vigilance plea

THE Health and Safety Authority, with the support of Teagasc, launched Farm Safety Fortnight this week. The campaign is taking place because of the alarming rise in farm deaths so far in 2014, with seven farm deaths occurring, compared to one for the same period of 2013. Farm deaths comprised 44% of all workplace deaths so far in 2014. Being crushed by a tractor or machine has been the main factor associated with recent farm deaths followed by animal incidents. John McNamara, Teagasc health and safety officer, has called on farmers to be particularly vigilant when working in close vicinity of tractors, farm vehicles and machines, particularly in, or around farmyards, because being struck, crushed or falling from a vehicle or machine is associated with 72% of all deaths caused by machinery. Teagasc will be holding a free practical farm event and a seminar at Kildalton College, Piltown, County Kilkenny on Friday afternoon. Demonstrations will take place involving machinery, livestock, …

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