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Funeral to be held for Co Antrim farmer trapped by tractor

By Cate McCurry

A Co Antrim man who was found dead on his farm by his brother is being laid to rest today.

The victim, named locally as James Moore, was discovered on Sunday at his home in Templepatrick.

The cause of his death is being investigated.

However, it is understood he was found trapped underneath a tractor by his brother Samuel after he went to check on him.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service was called to the scene at Lowtown Road shortly before 1pm.

The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed it is investigating the incident.

Its staff has removed the tractor for inspection.

DUP MLA Paul Girvan, who knows the Moore family, described it as a "terrible tragedy" that was a reminder of the dangers facing the farming profession.

Mervyn Rea, an Ulster Unionist Party councillor for the area, said: "Farm accidents do happen; they are one of the highest rated accidents in any industry.

"We go back to all the tragedies that have happened in the past and this is yet another one.

"Farmers and people have got to be extremely careful and take all the advice - there are courses for farm safety to help reduce accidents.

"If you are going to be working on a farm you should have someone else with you in case you have an accident, then at least someone can raise the alarm or render some sort of help until emergency services arrive. Don't take a chance.

"While I don't know the circumstances of what happened in this accident, I understand there may have been a tractor involved but that's for the health and safety to investigate.

"I want to call out to farmers to be careful.

"This is a busy time of the year and particularly to children when they are off school and may be visiting farms of friends or relatives so please be careful."

In Northern Ireland, almost 60% of all work-related deaths are from agriculture despite the industry employing fewer people than the other sectors.

In a sympathy notice Mr Moore was described as the dearly loved son of the late John and Agnes and dear brother of Samuel, Robert and Neil.

A service of thanksgiving for Mr Moore's life will be held today in Bairds Funeral Home in Antrim at 2pm before removal afterwards to Antrim c emetery.

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