Seanad calls for GAA to help boost farm safety
THE GAA should be asked to help promote farm safety, a new Seanad report has urged.
It also called for families who lose a loved one to get help dealing with administrative and legal difficulties that can follow a death.
Some 30 lives were lost on Irish farms last year and there are more than 2,000 injuries a year, making farm safety a vital national issue, said Senator Denis O'Donovan of the Seanad public consultation committee.
"The human cost can be very great and we must always remember that farms can be homes as well as workplaces. For that reason it is vital that more is done to encourage greater awareness of farm safety," he said.
The report calls for direct consultation and engagement with farmers to improve safety and for a nationwide awareness campaign involving the GAA.