Rural Tyrone community in mourning as worker injured in farm accident passes away
Tributes have been paid to an agricultural worker who died following an accident on a farm.
The victim, named locally as Ben Hamilton, passed away yesterday morning after being injured by machinery.
It is understood Mr Hamilton was in his 40s, had a background in mechanics, and until recently had been living in Omagh.
It's believed he was married with two children.
He had been working on a vehicle at a farm on Aghadulla Road outside Dromore, Co Tyrone, on Wednesday afternoon when he was badly injured. It is believed a digger fell on him.
The victim was rushed to the South West Acute Hospital with serious injuries. However, he died yesterday morning.
The Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation into the incident.
Councillor Bert Wilson said the area was shocked by the sudden death and expressed his sympathies to the man's family and the owner of the farm where he had been working.
"I know the person who owns the farm very well, and I know he is a very good farmer and very safety-conscious," he added.
"People are shocked that this has happened. Accidents do happen, no matter how careful you are. This is a very sad end."
Councillor Allan Rainey said: "I want to pass on my condolences, particularly as it is coming up to the festive season. My heart goes out to the Hamilton family."
Councillor Glenn Campbell added: "It is a very tragic reminder of how dangerous our jobs can be. I'd like to offer my condolences to his family."
A spokesman for the HSE NI confirmed it had launched an investigation into the man's death. "Our thoughts are with the family at this most difficult time," he said. "We have no further comment to make at this stage of our investigation."
Since 2000 there have been 102 farming deaths in Northern Ireland. The HSE NI recorded nine deaths on farms in the 2014-15 financial year, up from just four in 2013-14.