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Two men die in separate farm accidents

One man was struck by a tractor and the other was killed when his quad overturned.

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TWO MEN HAVE died in separate farming incidents today.

Gardaí said that a man in his 70s was discovered at Fivevalley, Birr, Co Offaly at approximately 8am this morning.

It is understood he was struck by a tractor.

Gardaí also confirmed the sudden death of man in his 20s discovered at Moenyribbon Coolgreaney, Co Wexford. He was killed when a quad bike overturned.

He was discovered at approximately 6.30am this morning.

Health and Safety Authority inspectors are at both scenes.

Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Martin Kenny TD has expressed sympathy to the families of the two men killed in farm accidents today, and another at the weekend.

“These men were part of the farming community and we are all affected by such tragedies,” he said.

I am aware that the Health and Safety Authority has announced 2,000 farm inspections this year and I urge all those engaged in farming to comply with guidelines and regulations. The HSA must be fully resourced to do its job to prevent workplace accidents.

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