Man, 50s, 'crushed to death by hay baler' on west of Ireland farm
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Man, 50s, 'crushed to death by hay baler' on west of Ireland farm

A MAN has died following an accident involving a hay baler on a farm in Co. Mayo today.

The tragic incident occurred in Clogher, Claremorris this morning.

The victim, a farmer in his early 50s, was fatally injured after being caught under a baling machine.

It is understood that the man was part of a group working on silage harvesting at the time.

Emergency services responded and rushed the man to Mayo University Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Both Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have confirmed they are investigating the death.

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The deceased has not been named pending the notification of relatives.

High-risk job

Last year, a report by the HSA and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) named farming as the most dangerous occupation in Ireland.

The findings showed that the rate of fatalities amongst farmers is nearly 10 times the national average across all jobs.

Over 150 people have lost their lives on Irish farms since 2010.