The stark reality is that most industrial accidents occur on farms, a coroner has highlighted at an inquest in Co. Mayo.
This is a particularly difficult time of year for farmers, coroner Pat O’Connor stated at a hearing in the Cultural Centre in Swinford.
Farmers should take warnings in dealing with slurry tanks and water courses, particularly given the ‘dreadful weather’ being experienced in recent weeks.
“At this time of year it is important to remember the dangers posed to people living on farms, be it slurry tanks or machines. The stark reality is that most accidents in industry occur on farms.”
Mr. O’Connor made his comments at the conclusion of an inquest into the death of a 58-year-old man who was pronounced dead on the evening of March 8 last after being removed from a slurry tank. The deceased was recovered by neighbours, who administered CPR, after being reported missing by his partner.
After hearing evidence, the coroner recorded an open verdict.