What's killing Irish farmers?
There were 187 farm accident fatalities on Irish farms during the period from 2005 to 2014, while over 2,000 in-patient admissions to hospitals nationwide were recorded during the same period.
A variety of serious but not life-threatening injuries were recorded in the survey, which was compiled by surgeon Dr Matthew Lee.
The cause of the 187 fatalities ranged from injuries received when dealing with tractors and farm vehicles at 30pc, machinery 19pc, livestock 13pc, drowning/ gas 11pc, falls from heights 9pc, falling objects and timer related deaths 7pc each, electrocution 2pc, and other causes 2pc.
The non-fatal injuries include a considerable number of bone fractures. These included forearm, wrists and hands (29.8pc); lower leg, ankle and feet (28.6pc); rib, sternum and thoracic spine (11.8pc); femur (11.2pc); skull, facial bones, cervical spine (9.1pc); lumber, spine and legs (6.7pc); shoulders and underarms (2.8pc).
The survey identified a decreasing trend in the overall number of farmyard-related fractures during the period which came out as a 21pc decline in the average injury rate.
However, farming remains the most dangerous occupation in terms of work-related fatalities in the Irish economy.
Heavy machinery and tractors are the most common source of fatal farm injuries in Ireland, accounting for 49pc of the total, which is mirrored in other European countries, concluded Dr Lee in his Irish Medical Journal article.