Health and Safety probe farm death

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THE man who died in yesterday’s farm accident near Moneymore was 70-year-old Henry Allen.

Mr Allen, a father-of-three, is thought to have fallen from a wall on his farm.

Health and Safety experts are investigating the cause of his death which was reported to police after 4pm on Thursday.

Mr Allen, whose farm is situated at Quilly Road, between Moneymore and Desertmartin, was well known in the local community.

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland today confirmed that it was investigating what had happened.

“HSENI is currently investigating the tragic death of a 70-year-old farmer on a County Londonderry farm,” a spokesman said.

“Our deepest sympathies are with the family at this most difficult time.”

Mr Allen is survived by his wife Yvonne and family.

Ulster Unionist Assembly Member for Mid-Ulster Sandra Overend has expressed her sympathy to the family of Mr Allen.

“I was greatly saddened to learn of the death of Henry Allen on Friday morning,” she said.

“This is a terrible tragedy and my sympathy goes out to Henry’s wife Yvonne, their children and the entire family.

“I knew Henry through my work in the constituency, and his passing is a great loss to his family circle and the wider local rural community.

“This is a busy time of year for farmers, and the change in weather brings its own demands and challenges in order to look after their animals. This tragedy serves as another sad reminder of the risks that farmers face in their profession on a daily basis.”