Slurry Tank Death

Posted: Tuesday 18th September 2012

Farmers have again been warned of the dangers of slurry tanks in the wake of an accident that claimed the lives of a young rugby star, his brother and their father.

Ulster Rugby player Nevin Spence, 22, brother Graham, 30, and 58-year-old father Noel were killed after being overcome by poisonous fumes and falling into an underground slurry tank at the family farm in Co Down on Saturday. Relatives said the men died trying to save each other.

The region's Health and Safety Executive, which is investigating the incident, has reiterated its advice that farmers should not enter tanks and only mix slurry in ventilated areas.

"Our advice is not to go into slurry pits," said Jim King of the HSENI, adding that only experienced contractors should enter slurry tanks. "For the average farmer - don't go in, stay out and keep out as much as you possibly can."

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