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National Farm Safety Conference for Ennis

The annual National Farm Safety Conference takes place at the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis, Co Clare, on Friday 17th November.

The annual National Farm Safety Conference takes place at the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis, Co Clare, on Friday 17th November.

The annual National Farm Safety Conference takes place at the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis, Co Clare, on Friday 17th November.

The Opening Address will be delivered by Pat Breen T.D, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, who has national responsibility for occupational safety, health and welfare. Minister Breen will be introduced by Martin O’Halloran, CEO, of the H.S.A.

The conference, sponsored by FBD Insurance, is being organised jointly by the Health and Safety Authority, Teagasc, and farming organisations represented on the national Farm Safety Partnership advisory committee.  John Comer, President ICMSA and Dr Tom Kelly, Teagasc, Director of Knowledge Transfer will chair conference sessions.

The theme of the conference is ‘Protecting your Life and your Livelihood’.  This theme is very topical as farm deaths have spiked again in 2017 with 22 so far this year.  Six farm deaths occurred in the final 2 months of 2016, so a key message is that safety vigilance is needed over the coming months.

The Keynote address will be given by Professor James Phelan, Health and Safety Authority board member, on the topic ‘Understanding Fatality Trends for Future Action’.  County Clare safety award winning farmer, Michael Callinan, will outline his approach to farm safety. Frank Power, H.S.A. Ergonomist will outline strategies to prevent back injuries among farmers. 

Current farm tractor and machinery issues will be outlined by Jim Dockery, Safety Training Manager with FRS Networks.

Teagasc speakers will include Dr John McNamara, Health and Safety Specialist who will discuss agricultural safety in an international context; Ms Paula Browne Advisor, Kilrush office, will outline health and safety services available to farmers and JJ Lenehan, agricultural engineer, will discuss preventing livestock accidents, particularly related to cow attacks around calving time.

The full conference programme is available at

https://www.teagasc.ie/media/website/events/HSA-national-farm-safety-Ennis--web.pdf

This is a Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) Approved Sheep, Beef, Dairy, and Tillage Knowledge Transfer Event. Registration from 9.30 a.m. The event is free of charge with lunch included.