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Teagasc to Announce Farm Safety Training Schedule

Teagasc plan to hold a series of Half-Day Farm Safety Code of Practice Training Courses over the winter months. Details of the Safety training courses will be published in a brochure which will be available for farmers at the National Ploughing Championships. It’s just one of the things to be highlighted at the Teagasc and the H.S.A. Farm Safety Village (stand 279) at the upcoming National Ploughing Championships in County Laois.

Teagasc health and safety officer, John McNamara said that a Teagasc study had shown the farmers who completed Half-day safety training found the course highly motivating. Those who attend training identified 40% more controls for implementation. Also, the majority of farmers implement the controls they specified, and had a higher level of farms with satisfactory occupational health and safety standards.

John McNamara reminded farmers that safety training is now mandatory under the recently announced TAMS 2 schemes. To obtain payment under these schemes farmers must have completed the Half-day Farm Safety course or the ‘Green Cert’ within the previous 5 years.

He also called for continuing high farm safety vigilance, as the winter approaches and light fades, to cut the toll of farm deaths and serious injury. He stated that 11 farm deaths occurred in the last 4 months of 2014. So far in 2015, fatal farm accident levels are 40% lower than 2014, but that one accident is one too many.

Sixty per cent of deaths in 2014 were associated with getting struck or crushed by a farm vehicle or machines, mainly in, or around the farmyard. Other major causes of accidents include livestock attacks, collapsing objects such as bales, and slurry incidents, including drowning and gassing.

To seek further information on Teagasc Training Courses, contact any Teagasc office or see the website at www.teagasc.ie