A young Offaly man died instantly in a farm accident involving a trailer which had a design fault an inquest has heard.
The incident occurred on October 3rd 2015 wherein Adam Mangan, 19 from Barnaboy, Offaly was working with Thomas Boland Jnr on Boland’s farm in Rhode.
Mangan died instantly from his injuries when he was struck by the tailgate of an NC engineering trailer, the NC 300.
Boland was moving gravel with a tractor and 14 tonne trailer. Boland had raised the trailer to tip a load and then notice that the trailer was not going down properly the Irish Times has reported.
Mangan and Boland then examined the trailer after which Boland returned to the tractor cab. Boland then heard a loud bang and looked to see the torso and legs of Mangan at the back of the trailer. The tailgate had come down on Mangan’s head.
The inquest heard that Mangan died instantly from catastrophic injuries to the head.
John Hayes an engineer engaged by the HSA examined the trailer and noted that while it was badly maintained there was a design fault with the trailer, as the incident had been replicated with a similar model in perfect condition.
Hayes believed the problem with the tailgate occured when a stone became jammed in the trailer mechanism.
The HSA have taken Hayes report and are now working with NC engineering.
PJ Claffey of the HSA urged farmers with NC 300 trailers from 2006 and before to contact their suppliers. NC Engineering also issued an urgent safety alert on this model calling for owners to bring their trailer to suppliers..
Claffey concluded that;
‘We’re trying to get the word out there to the farming community that these trailers have this defect.’