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A Co Tyrone farmer has died in a slurry related tragedy

By Rebecca Black

Published 14/10/2016

A farmer has died in a workplace incident involving slurry
A farmer has died in a workplace incident involving slurry

A man in Co Tyrone has died following an incident on a farm.

The man is believed to have a young family and is from just outside Coagh, close to Cookstown.

The incident is thought to have been associated with slurry.

It happened just hours before the closing of the time limit for slurry spreading.

DUP MLA Keith Buchanan has expressed his sympathies to the family of the man.

"This is another tragic loss within the farming community. It once again reminds us all of the dangers associated with slurry," he said.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family at the time of such devastating loss.

"I would also urge everyone working on farms to follow all recommended safety procedures, particularly when working with slurry.

"Farmers are very aware that the closed period for slurry spreading i due to commence at midnight on 15th October.

"The Agriculture Minister has said however that farmers are able to put a case forward in exceptional circumstances to spread slurry beyond the closed period."

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has said it is investigating the death.

In a statement, it expressed its "deepest sympathies are with the man's family at this most difficult time".

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