Farming safety efforts should focus on older farmers - new study
Farms are highly dangerous places with dangerous equipment, leading to avoidable tragedies among all ages.
A new study now says awareness campaigns to reduce farm injuries and deaths should target farmers over 55-years-old.
There should be particular focus on those with extensive machinery, and farmers with livestock.
Campaigns also need to engage with the spouse and family, given the alarming fatality rates involving the family and those under 17 years of age.
Attendance rates at voluntary safety courses in 2011 was as low as 22pc, the study led by Dr Matthew Lee, Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospital, Galway showed.
Multimedia, exhibitions and education at annual farming calendar events may help spread awareness.
The study found total deaths due to farm accidents increased between 2010-2014.
The worst year on record was 2014 with 30 deaths, according to the Irish Medical Journal.