Farming sector must get serious about safety
THE bucolic scenes around the countryside this weekend will be remembered for all the wrong reasons by two families in Limerick and Laois after two more tragic farm accidents. The deaths of a nine year-old girl and a 14 year-old boy highlight the ever-present dangers that are inherent in every farmyard.
Farmers are enjoying being able to get through the season's work in good conditions for the first time in many years.
But more of them need to pause for a moment during this busy period to consider the appalling track record in health and safety that now hangs over the sector.