Currow dairy farmer died due to injuries suffered in farm accident

A father of three who died in a farm accident had been trying to remove a hedge cutter from his tractor at the time, an inquest into his death has heard.

Forty-three-year-old Shane Foley from Barnfield, Currow, Co Kerry died in his yard on November 12, 2016.

The jury returned a verdict of death due to an accident in accordance with the findings of Assistant State Pathologist, Dr Margot Bolster.

Shane Foley died after the arm of a hedge cutter he had been trying to remove from his tractor fell on top of him, trapping him underneath.

Gda Jim O’Brien, a forensic collision inspector, said two metal hooks on the hedge cutter were worn and were not working together. He said Mr Foley would have experienced difficulty opening the hooks and had opened one with a bar when the accident occurred.

He said the tractor was in good condition at the time and was on a relatively flat surface outside Mr Foley’s workshop.

The dairy farmer was with his neighbour, John King, at the time, who raised the alarm. The accident occurred at around 4pm.

Mr King said when the device fell it knocked Shane to the ground and his head came to rest on a concrete block that was in the yard.

A post-mortem examination carried out by Dr Margot Bolster at University Hospital Kerry found he has suffered severe head, neck and chest injuries due to a blunt force trauma, due to a farm accident.

Sympathising with Mr Foley’s family, South Kerry coroner, Terence Casey, said farm accidents happened all too often but they couldn’t be forseen.