Farm deaths only 'tip of the iceberg' as farmers regularly left with life-changing injuries - HSA
The Health and Safety Authority has said that farm fatalities are only the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to farm safety as farmers are left with life-changing injuries from farm accidents on a regular basis.
This follows the death of young farmer, Martin Keogh in Foulksmills, Co Wexford yesterday involving a molasses tank. He is understood to have been changing a pipe at the time of the tragedy.
Director of the Heath and Safety Authority (HSA) Pat Griffin told the Irish Independent that while a lot is being done in relation to farm safety that more still needs to be achieved to prevent farm fatalities and accidents.
“Fatalities keep happening and the sad thing is that we have a banner up here today that says there has been 197 deaths over the last ten years but that has increased to 199 in the last week due to the tragic accident in Wexford yesterday and one in Monaghan last week.
We’ve still a quarter of the year to go and that seems to be the tip so the iceberg as you’ve got huge levels of accidents on farms where people are left with life-changing injuries like amputations so it’s still a problem for us.”
He explained that more needs to be done on the ground to help farmers think about safety and that inspections alone are no enough to encourage farm safety.
“Things have changed over the last number of years. I do think farmers are thinking about safety more. We have our revised farm safety code which we encourage farmers to follow and to go to the Teagasc half day safety course.