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Friday 20 September 2019

Four men died in the workplace

By Esther Hayden

Four people died in workplace accidents in Wexford during 2014.

The latest figures from the Health and Safety Authority show that there were a total of 55 people killed in work related accidents last year, representing a 17 per cent increase on the 47 reported in 2013.

Fatalities in the Agriculture sector increased by 87 per cent in 2014, with 30 people killed compared to 16 in 2013. For the fifth year running the Agriculture sector has recorded the highest number of fatalities, representing roughly 55 per cent of all work related deaths in 201. All four of the people who died in workplace accidents in Wexford last year were classed as agriculture related deaths.

On March 17 a 33-year-old man died after becoming trapped on a family farm while on May 13, a 27-year-old man died after being struck by a falling object.

On July 4 an 80-year-old man died after suffering an impact injury while on November 14 a 55-year-old employee was struck by a falling object and killed in a storage area.

Martin O'Halloran, CEO of the HSA, said that it was a particularly horrific year for the Agriculture sector.

'The number of fatal accidents that occurred on farms last year was the highest in over 20 years. In May of 2014 alone there were five people killed. It is particularly tragic that five children lost their lives on Irish farms last year.'

According to Martin O'Halloran, last year had the highest total number of workplace fatalities since 2008. 'We are concerned at what is a significant increase in workplace fatalities and what is particularly alarming is that 54 per cent of fatalities involved vehicles in the workplace. This is up 13 per cent from the previous 5 year average for 2009 to 2013 of 41 per cent. During 2014 there were reductions in fatalities in construction (from 11 to 8); Fishing (5 to 1) and Transportation and Storage (4 to 3).

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