New farm safety training push for farmers as fatality numbers hit 15
A new schedule for training on the revised ‘Farm Safety Code of Practice’ has been launched by Minister of State for Trade, Pat Breen.
The launch took place at the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) exhibit at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly.
The training will be hosted by Teagasc, on a nationwide basis, and takes place over the next few months.
The revised ‘Farm Safety Code of Practice’ was published in June this year. It provides farmers with a new risk assessment document that helps identify hazards, implement controls and protect farm safety, health and wellbeing.
The new version has additional features, including specific sections for ‘Slurry Handling’ and ‘Harvesting’. It also reflects technical progress in the sector, changes in farming practice, equipment and accident trends.
Minister Breen said that we know from recent studies into fatal accident rates that farmers are up to eight times more likely to be killed in an accident than the average industrial worker.
“Tragically already this year fifteen people have been killed in farm accidents. This is unacceptable. We also know that many people are seriously injured each year.
“The circumstances for these accidents are created by the risk-taking culture that is all too prevalent in the farming community.