Thursday 24 October 2019

'It's very concerning' - investigation launched after photo of man lying across HSA exhibit emerges

The HSA is investigating after this picture surfaced online Photo: Irish Association of Steel Fabricators
The HSA is investigating after this picture surfaced online Photo: Irish Association of Steel Fabricators
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The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is investigating after an employee from an event management firm was photographed lying across the top of a HSA exhibit at the National Ploughing Championships.

In the picture, the man can be seen lying face down across the top of a HSA exhibit promoting farm safety.

A spokesperson for the HSA said the work practices portrayed in the photo are "very concerning".

"The man in the photograph is not an employee of the Health and Safety Authority but was working on behalf of an event management firm contracted by the Authority to erect and dismantle our exhibit at the National Ploughing Championships," the HSA spokesperson said.

"No staff from the Health and Safety Authority were on site when this work activity was taking place.

"The work practices portrayed in the photo are very concerning and we have launched an investigation into the circumstances."

Minister of State Pat Breen TD officially opened the farm safety exhibit at the Ploughing Championships which were held in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow last week.

Mr Breen launched a new HSA publication on ‘Confined Spaces in Agriculture’ at the event, which explains the dangers associated with confined spaces and sets out practical steps on how to prevent life threatening incidents.

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