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County by county breakdown: 55 people died in Irish workplaces last year

Farming still remains the most dangerous occupation in Ireland despite a 40% drop compared to 2014.

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FIFTY FIVE PEOPLE died in work-related incidents last year according to figures from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

Farming still remains the most dangerous occupation in Ireland with 18 people losing their lives last year – a 40% drop compared to the 30 lives lost in 2014.

There were four child fatalities in 2015 and all of them were farming accidents.

The construction sector and the fishing sector both experienced an increase in work deaths.

The figures showed that 11 people in the construction industry died 2015, a jump from eight in 2014.

While the fishing sector saw fatalities increase from one death in 2014 to five in 2015.

Cork had the highest number of fatalities last year with 10 deaths reported. Donegal followed with six work-related deaths.

Incidents involving vehicles were the main cause of fatal accidents, they accounted for 21 deaths overall.

As part of the figures, the HSA released a county by county breakdown of work related deaths last year:

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