Elderly man (77) killed in farming accident in County Limerick
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Elderly man (77) killed in farming accident in County Limerick

AN ELDERLY man has been killed in a tragic farming accident in County Limerick.

The victim, who has been named as 77-year-old Danny Mullins, was working on a dairy farm in Kilbehenny, situated on the border between Cork and Limerick when the accident occurred.

It is understood the elderly gentleman suffered fatal injuries in a crush which occurred when he was working with either farm machinery or a pneumatic gate, according to differing reports.

Emergency services were called, but despite best efforts to save his life, Mr Mullins was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

His body was taken to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem examination is due to take place.

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Both Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority have launched investigations into his death.

Mr Mullins's passing is the latest in a line of people who have lost their lives in farming accidents in Ireland so far this year: a spate of farming deaths in April and May had led HSA inspector Pat Griffin to urge extra vigilance when working.

"Farms are by far the most dangerous places of work in Ireland that we are concerned about this year," Mr Griffen said, referring in particular to the risk of child deaths, as schools which closed due to the pandemic led to more children helping out on the family farms.