Northern Ireland

Slurry tank warning after man killed in Maghera farming accident

The Health and Safety Executive Nothern Ireland
Image caption The Health and Safety Executive wants all slurry tank openings guarded

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned people to take extra precautions with slurry tanks following the death of a farmer in County Londonderry.

The agency is investigating the 79-year-old man's death on a farm in Maghera on Monday afternoon.

Police have said his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Ken Logan, from the HSE said all openings into slurry tanks should be properly guarded.

"They should look to use safety slats when mixing in slurry tanks," he said.

"I would also draw attention to the dangers of gasses associated with mixing of slurry in the tanks."

Clark Black of the Ulster Farmers Union said it was another tragedy for the farming community.

"Unfortunately for farming this particular year we've had more than our share of fatalities," he said.

"I think it just does go to illustrate that farms can be very dangerous places."