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Seven killed in Northern Ireland farm accidents in 2018

New figures from the Health and Safety Executive reveal seven people died on farms in Northern Ireland in 2018.
New figures from the Health and Safety Executive reveal seven people died on farms in Northern Ireland in 2018.

Seven people died in farm accidents in Northern Ireland last year, new figures reveal.

Three of the deaths involved livestock and two people died in machinery accidents, the BBC reports.

One death was caused by a fall or falling objects and one person died as the result of an unspecified incident.

The figures from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that 34 people died in farm accidents here between 2014 and 2018.

The number of deaths in 2018 was unchanged from 2017 when four people died in accidents involving machinery and there was three fatalities involving livestock.

The highest number of deaths during this period was in 2014 when 10 people died.

The figures show accidents involving equipment were the biggest cause of death, with 12 fatalities in the five-year period.

The next most common cause was livestock, with 11 deaths.

Two deaths were as a result of incidents involving slurry, one in 2014 and the other in 2016.

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