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54-year-old woman dies after incident with livestock

The woman died at the scene on Monday (July 16), the first day of Farm Safety Week 2018.


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A woman has died after what was thought to be an incident with livestock.

 

She died at the scene at her farm in Curracuggeen, Headford, on Monday (July 16).

 

The Health and Safety Authority said it was aware of the incident and had launched an investigation.

 

A spokesman said: “A 54-year-old woman was found dead on Monday afternoon in a field at her farm in the Headford area of Galway.

 

“Livestock were present in the field at the time so we are working under the assumption that she was attacked by the livestock.


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“We have begun an investigation.”

 

It came as the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) kicked off its sixth Farm Safety Week under the slogan: ‘Your health. Your safety. Your choice’.

 

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Ulster Farmer’s Union president Ivor Ferguson said the message ‘Stop and Think SAFE’ remained sound advice – SAFE being an acronym for slurry, animals, falls from height and equipment.

 

Farm minister George Eustice added: “The farming industry is essential to our national economy – employing more than 340,000 people – and plays a vital role in producing the food that we all know and love.

 

“Initiatives such as Farm Safety Week are important in raising awareness of good workplace practice, and I encourage farmers across the UK to read this week’s case studies, articles and blogs to help understand how they can stay safe at work.”

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