Hundreds of farmers face inspections in new bid to curb livestock attacks
A month-long intensive farm inspection campaign is being undertaken by the Health and Safety Authority.
The inspections are aimed at reducing the number of accidents resulting in injury and death on farms.
Inspectors from the Authority will visit almost 500 farms over the next few weeks and there will be a particular focus on the safe handling of livestock.
The Health and Safety Authority will begin on Wednesday March 1.
The month of March is a particularly busy period for calving and the risk of serious injury can be very high, so inspectors will be focusing on the common risks encountered and livestock safety in general.
Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority, said that although the calving period is a particularly risky time of the year, dangerous situations can be minimised.
“I would encourage Farmers to take time to understand the basics of animal behaviour and be alert for signs of aggression. In particular, care is needed around cows with a new born calf when they can be unpredictable and much more likely to attack.
“Never turn your back on a cow with a new born, have a planned escape route and keep children and inexperienced handlers well away”.