Farmer died after falling through roof

A sixty eight year old farmer died after falling through a roof of a shed on his property, an inquest was told.

A sixty eight year old farmer died after falling through a roof of a shed on his property, an inquest was told.

Coroner Paul Morris heard that Edmond Dillon, Coolea, Fethard died on October 19, 2010 after falling through his shed while work was being carried out on his farm.

The inquest was told that the deceased had an underlying heart condition. The corner was told that the deceased was susceptible to cardiac arrhythmia which was triggered by the trauma of the fall and returned an accidental death verdict .

Conor O’Donnell, a neighbour of the deceased said he arrived at Edmond Dillon’s farm with his tractor at about 8.30am and started to take bales out of the hayshed to leave them out in the yard. The plan was to re-stack them back in the hayshed. He saw Edmond Dillon use a ladder to get up on the roof of a shed beside the bar and he got back down again. He started to remove more of the bales and he then observed Mr. Dillon getting up onto the roof again. Mr.Dillon walked across the edge of the roof and he saw him trip up on the roof and fall through the roof. He jumped off his tractor and went into the shed and saw Mr. Dillon lying on the floor. Mr.Dillon was bleeding from his head. He called 999. At no stage did Mr. Dillon tell him that he was going up on the roof. The roof was greasy because there was heavy dew on it.

Sgt Kevin Corry said he arrived at the scene at about 10.20am. Mr. O’Donnell explained to him what had happened. Mr. O’Donnell told him that he saw Mr. Dillon fall through an asbestos roof of a shed and fell onto a concrete floor.

Dr. Robert Tate, pathologist said he carried out a post mortem on Mr Dillon, He found that he had an underlying heart condition and the fall put his heart into an abnormal rhythm.

Coroner Paul Morris said it was clear f rom the pathologists report that Mr. Dillion died as a result of trauma and shock from the fall which put his heart into arrhythmia.

He said that it appeared that Mr. Dillon lost his balance while on the roof of the shed and went through the roof. Unfortunately for him he had a cardiac arrhythmia problem and the shock and the trauma of the fall triggered that.

Mr Morris, Inspector Paul O’Driscoll and the chairman of the jury all expressed their sympathies to the family of the deceased who were present at the hearing.