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Teagasc Supports Farm Safety Campaign

The Health and Safety Authority is holding a ‘Farm Safety Fortnight’ to highlight safety on Irish farms. Teagasc will be supporting this national campaign which commenced on Tuesday, 22 April.

The campaign is taking place because of the alarming rise in farm deaths so far in 2014, with seven farm deaths occurring, compared to one for the same period of 2013. Farm deaths comprised 44% of all workplace deaths so far in 2014. Being crushed by a tractor or machine has been the main factor associated with recent farm deaths followed by animal incidents.

To highlight farm safety issues, Teagasc will be holding a practical farm event and a seminar at Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny on Friday, 25 April from 2 to 5pm. Demonstrations will take place involving machinery, livestock, buildings and pesticide usage.

At the seminar, Patrick Griffin, Senior inspector with the H.S.A. will outline the overall national strategy to improve the record of farm safety. John McNamara, Teagasc Health and Safety Officer, will give an update on recent research on adoption of safety at farm level by farmers nationally. The seminar will be held in association with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the body which accredits education of health and safety professionals.

John McNamara, called on farmers to be particularly vigilant when working in close vicinity of tractors, farm vehicles and machines, particularly in, or around farmyards, because being struck, crushed or falling from a vehicle or machine is associated with 72% of all deaths caused by machinery.

For further information view www.teagasc.ie or contact Teagasc at 051-644537. Attendance at the seminar is free of charge.