Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Farmer in Co Armagh overcome by slurry fumes

A man has had a lucky escape after being overcome by poisonous slurry fumes in rural Co Armagh

A man has had a lucky escape after being overcome by poisonous slurry fumes in rural Co Armagh.

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon at a farm near Keady.

The man was rushed to Craigavon Area Hospital where he is recovering and in a stable condition.

A Health and Safety Executive spokesperson confirmed it was investigating the incident.

The effects of the poisonous gases released when slurry is mixed can be fatal. A high concentration of hydrogen sulphide disrupts the sense of smell, causing difficulty in breathing, then disorientation. After only a few breaths, collapse and death can follow.

In June, eight year-old Robert Christie tragically died after being overcome by slurry fumes while helping his dad on a Dunloy farm.

In June last year, Ulster Rugby Player Nevin Spence, his father Noel and brother Graham all died as a result of inhaling fumes on their farm in Co Down.

Further reading

How cattle waste can become a killer  

Scant appetite for a new raft of farm safety laws

Farming industry where deadly dangers lurk all around

Slurry tragedy schoolboy Robert Christie is buried as father fights for his life

Dunloy slurry tragedy: School prays for critically-ill father as pupils mourn loss of a classmate

How brave Emma Spence tried to save her dying dad and brothers revealed on day of funerals 

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