Investigation after child dies on Co Down farm

Wednesday 31 July 2013 22.50
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Aaron Macaulay was taken to hospital but could not be saved
Aaron Macaulay was taken to hospital but could not be saved
Aaron (C) was the youngest of five children (L-R) Jack, Helen, Hazel and Matthew
Aaron (C) was the youngest of five children (L-R) Jack, Helen, Hazel and Matthew

Health and safety inspectors are investigating the death of a ten-year-old boy on a farm in Northern Ireland.

Aaron Macaulay fell from farm machinery in rural Co Down yesterday and was airlifted to hospital, but could not be saved.

His brother may also have been injured during the incident.

It was the third tragedy to hit Northern Ireland's farming community in a week and sparked calls for further safety precautions.

The ambulance service was called to the Rathfriland Road area at Ballyward shortly before 2.30pm.

Aaron's father and mother, Maurice and Wendy Macaulay, are well-known locally. He was the youngest of five children.

Their church minister cut short a holiday to return to help comfort them.

Last week a father of three died after falling from a wall on his farm in Co Derry.

Henry Allen, 70, is believed to have lost his balance while working with silage.

Earlier last week six-year-old Harry Starrett died after collapsing in the milking parlour of his family farm on the outskirts of Armagh.

There were initial fears he had died in a farm-related accident, but a post-mortem examination subsequently identified an undiagnosed heart condition.

Last year 12 people died in farm accidents in Northern Ireland, including Ulster rugby star Nevin Spence, his father and brother, who were overcome by fumes in a slurry tank on their farm outside Hillsborough, Co Down.