Tuesday 25 June 2019

Clonakilty Show to host farm and safety event

Farming is now the most dangerous occupation in this country and has been for the past eight years In 2017, out of a total of 47 workplace deaths, 24 farmers died in work related accidents, a figure up from 21 fatalities in the previous year. Elderly farmers are at a particular risk with 14 of the fatalities being 65 or older. There was one child fatality.

In an effort to address this problem the Clonakilty Agricultural Show will host a farm and work safely event, which will focus on all types of safety issue on the farm and in the home, so it will be of interest to both farmers and non-farmers.

There will be a variety of demonstrations, focusing on safe cattle handling, operating farm machinery and the farmers own well-being. A number of people will also share their own stories with those present.

Central to the theme will be safety for children with Caroline Casey from Cork County Council and her team conducting workshops for children, not alone on farm safety but also road safety and water safety. Other participants will be the Red Cross, Dr. Jason Van Der Velde, Courtmacsherry Life Boat, the Gardaí and many more.

Meanwhile, the show will also feature a young people's art competition on the theme of "Farm and Work Safely".

The closing date is Friday, 18th May and entriesare to be handed into the library in Clonakilty.