An elderly man has died following a workplace accident in Co Clare.
Two separate investigations have been launched into the incident which happened at Magherabaun Cross near Feakle.
The man, named locally as father-of-ten Pat O’Connor (71) is understood to have been found seriously injured in a shed near his home at around 1.45am. It’s believed a family member made the discovery and raised the alarm.
Two units of the fire brigade and an ambulance from Scarriff responded to the incident however the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
His body was removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem examination will be carried out.
An investigator from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) visited the scene this morning while Gardaí will conduct their own probe and prepare a file for the county coroner.
Investigators are trying to determine when Mr O’Connor died but it’s known the last contact with him was at 5.00pm on Monday and that he was found at 1.45am.
The man was well known in East Clare and ran his own building business. It’s believed he was working with machinery at the time the tragedy.