The Health and Safety Authority has appealed to farmers not to take risks while at work, following what it calls a spike in the numbers of fatal accidents in farming.

Yesterday a 15-year-old boy died in North Cork after falling from a tractor which was drawing a load of silage.

It brings to nine the number of people who have died in farming-related accidents this year, with seven of those deaths happening in the last seven weeks.

The HSA says farms are the most dangerous type of workplace in Ireland, and tractors and machinery are key hazards for those working on farms.

It says older and younger people are particularly vulnerable when it comes to farm accidents.