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'Extremely popular' farmer killed while collecting silage bales

An investigation has been launched after a farmer was killed in an incident while collecting silage bales.

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Patrick Quinn, who was in his 50s, was working with relatives collecting bales of silage when it is understood that he slipped and fell under a trailer on his farm in Castlelucas, Claremorris, Co Mayo.

 

He was rushed to Mayo General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

 


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Local Fianna Fáil councillor Al McDonald said: "This is a tragedy that has cast a dark cloud on the community".

 

"It is an extraordinary tragedy. He was an extremely popular man from an affable, friendly and highly respected family. My sympathy is with them at this time."

 

The Gardai and Heath and Safety Authority are investigating the incident.

The incident comes just over a week after a farmer was killed in an incident ’involving an animal’ at a livestock market in Ireland.

 

Harry McAnespie, 80, died after suffering a head injury at Clogher Mart, County Tyrone.

 

Earlier in 2018, members of the NFU teamed up to launch a new safety campaign to encourage each other to actively seek out and eliminate risk on farm.

 

The #SeeItChangeIt campaign was kick-started at NFU conference in a room of hi-vis jacket wearing farmers who each pledged to change at least one thing to improve the safety and wellbeing on their farm, consider poor worker attitudes to safety and challenging poor practice.

 

It is running along the lines of ‘see the risk and change it’.

 

Outgoing NFU president Meurig Raymond said: “The #SeeItChangeIt campaign will get farmers actively looking for risks on farm and then doing something about it – whether it is a promise to check their PTO shaft every week, wear a helmet every time they ride an ATV, or simply just to keep their mobile phone charged and on their person.

 

 

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