High rate of farm fatalities in 2012

Published 08/01/2013 | 11:47

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FARMERS AND agricultural workers are being urged to be extra cautious and aware of the daily dangers they face.

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In 2012, the agriculture sector recorded the highest number of workplace deaths for the third year in a row.

This is according to the latest report from the Health and Safety Authority.

Last year, 21 people in Ireland were killed from farm accidents.

No person in county Sligo died; in Leitrim, two people, aged 54 and 88 were killed in separate accidents. In Donegal, a 12-year-old died when a tractor overturned. Martin O'Halloran, Health and Safety Authority CEO said: "Some progress has been made but unfortunately, last year 21 families lost loved ones due to farm accidents.

"Farms are family homes as well as workplaces so farmers need to realise that safe farming is about protecting themselves, their families and teir businesses."

There were seven fatalities in the fishing sector and eight in the construction industry last year.

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