Revealed: Ireland’s most dangerous occupation
Nine men over 65 killed in the agriculture sector last year as farm safety labelled ‘systemic problem’
The number of farm deaths rose last year, despite an overall reduction in people dying in the workplace.
According to figures released by the Health and Safety Authority today 44 people killed in workplaces in 2016, representing a 21% reduction of the 56 reported in 2015.
The number of deaths on farms remained high, with 21 reported in 2016, compared to 18 in 2015.
Construction fatalities were down to nine in 2016, from 11 in 2015.
There was a reduction in the number of fishing related deaths down to three in 2016 from five in 2015. The transportation and storage sector had one fatality compared to four in 2015.
Across all sectors, accidents involving vehicles accounted for nearly half (20) of all fatalities in 2016.
The county with the highest number of fatalities in 2016 was Cork with eight reported, followed by Kerry and Meath with four each.
The majority of work-related deaths (30) involved 25-65 year old males. However, there were nine men over 65 killed in the agriculture sector.