Investigations after man, 28, dies in fall at farm

Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority have both launched investigations into the death of a 28-year-old man on the family farm in Co Cork yesterday afternoon.

Donal O’Callaghan died after he fell from the roof of a shed upon which he was standing in Inchisine, Macroom, at approximately 1pm.

It is understood he had climbed up on the building to film the silage harvest when a part gave way and he fell through.

While emergency services, rushed to the farm, Mr O’Callaghan was declared dead at the scene.

Locals described the O’Callaghans as a decent family and Donal as a lovely young man.

According to figures from Teagasc, five people lost their lives in farm accidents in the first five months of this year, compared to six in 2015 and 12 in 2014. Accidents in agricultural settings claimed 18 lives last year, including four which were due to falls from a height.

The agricultural deaths were down last year compared to 2014, when 30 people lost their lives in the sector.


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