Farmer ‘stable’ after slurry tank accident

HSENI is investigating
HSENI is investigating

A man has been injured in a slurry tank accident in Keady, Co Armagh.

The accident happened on Saturday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive said: “HSENI is aware of an incident and is investigating.”

The injured man is currently in Craigavon Area Hospital where last night a spokesman said he “remained in a stable condition”.

It is understood the injured farmer is from the Redrock area and is “well known in the area”.

A neighbour who did not want to be named said: “He was trapped in the slurry tank but was not unconscious at any stage that I know of.

“He shouted for help and the help arrived and he was able to get out.

“It looks as if fumes were not an issue as they were not mixing slurry at the time,” he added.

Newry and Armagh UUP MLA Danny Kennedy told of his “huge relief that this farming accident has not ended in tragedy”.

“This is another reminder of the dangers involved in farming.

“But I am very glad that this farmer has survived this particular ordeal.”

Independent unionist councillor, Paul Berry, also extended his best wishes to the farmer involved in the accident.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the farmer,” he said last night.

“It could have been much worse.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time.”