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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Six out of 10 work accidents farming-related

Aideen Sheehan

Aideen Sheehan

THE number of accidental deaths on Irish farms has hit 18 already this year compared with 11 in the whole of 2009.

Two farmers died in separate accidents this week. A 65-year-old man was found trapped under a tractor in Co Cork yesterday, while in Co Westmeath on Tuesday, a 56-year-old died when he fell into a slurry tank

The farm safety conference in Athy was told that despite the high death rate, many farmers are playing lip service to safety requirements.

Nearly six out of every 10 workplace accidents this year have been farming-related, with 49pc caused by machinery, 15pc by livestock, 14pc by drowning and 10pc by falls, said Labour Affairs Minister Dara Calleary.

"The absence of a strong culture of safety in farming is adding to the unacceptable tragedy and misery which is visited on too many rural families," he said.

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