Ballyglass farmer, Patrick Quinn, died in June of this year after an accident on farmland near Doonamona, Ballyglass, Co. Mayo, as originally reported by us here.
An inquest was held in recent days, as reported in the Mayo News, and attendees heard that the 51-year-old farmer had died instantly after falling from a trailer. The inquest heard that the farmer was carrying out work on rented lands in the area at the time of the incident, with the help of Brian Flynn (Fallon Agri), Kevin Flaherty (cousin) and Paul Quinn, who is Patrick’s brother.
The Accident -
During the Inquest, details of Mr. Quinn’s fatal accident were summarized by HSA Inspector, Brian McHugh.
He told attendees of the inquest that on the morning of the accident, June 30th 2018, Mr. Quinn had parked his tractor and bale trailer next to a hedgerow in the field. Following this, Kevin Flaherty, a cousin of Mr. Quinn, began loading bales onto the trailer. Upon Paul Quinn’s arrival on the land, who is a brother of Patrick, one bale had already been loaded. Once the second bale was loaded, the inquest heard that Paul told his brother that he was parked too close to the hedge.
He explained to Patrick that if the trailer was parked further from the hedge, it would be easily accessed. This led to Paul Quinn jumping into the Case Tractor to move it, once Kevin Flaherty’s tractor was moved, and upon moving the tractor forward, Paul heard shouting and immediately stopped.
Another cousin of the deceased, John Flaherty, was passing the field at the time of the incident and the inquest heard that he saw Patrick standing on the centre bar of the bale trailer, while the tractor was being moved. He then saw Patrick fall from the trailer and onto the ground, falling into the path of the left wheel. Mr. Flaherty shouted to Paul to stop, though by then it was too late. He was the only person to witness the fall.
The inquest then heard from Pathologist, Dr Fadel Bennani, who informed them that during the post-mortem multiple abrasions and serious bleeding from Mr. Quinn’s right ear were found. He also found an extensive fracture at the base of Mr. Quinn’s skull, which he says caused bleeding on the surface of the brain. He confirmed that the fatal head injuries suffered by Mr Quinn were as a result of the fall and not striking the bale trailer.
The inquest was adjourned until December 18th, where a jury will hear evidence from Paul Quinn and then decide a verdict.