FARM SAFETY THE NAME OF THE GAME
AWARENESS HEAD TO TOE EVENT FEATURED TALKS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
AN upturned quad with its driver trapped beneath it in a farmyard at Moneylawn, Gorey, recently, was a sobering reminder of the dangers involved in the farm environment.
This was just one of a series of farm safety displays and demonstrations at the open day at the farm of Leslie Dixon. The event, organised by a new charity, Awareness Head to Toe, was attended by around 500 people, with some travelling from as far away as Galway and Meath.
The focus of the day was on farm safety, health, and mental health. Information stands on a range of farming services, and organisations involved in health and mental health were also set up.
Some 25 staged accidents highlighted the dangers of using a power drive; not applying a tractor handbrake properly; and working with slurry, and with livestock. A children’s safe area, run by IFA Farm Families, was busy all day.
Blood pressure and diabetes testing was offered by McCauley’s Pharmacy in Gorey, while the Civil Defence did defibrillator demonstrations, and handed out relevant information.
There were talks on various topics including farm safety by Willie Byrne of Farm Relief Services; a personal health experience by Colm Doran; and on mental health by George Graham. Those present also heard from, among others, John McNamara of Teagasc; Pat Griffin from the HSA; and Sgt Brendan Moore, who spoke about crime prevention.
Awareness Head to Toe chairman George Graham was delighted with how their first event went. ‘A lot of people stayed for the full day,’ he said. Entry to the event was free, and a team of ladies were on hand to offer free tea and refreshments. George commented that the chance to sit and chat was a particularly important aspect of the event.
Sincere thanks went to all who contributed to the success of the day, including those who prepared and donated refreshments; those who helped set up and dismantle everything afterwards; farmer Leslie Dixon for hosting; Canon Mark Hayden and Fr Tomás Kehoe for their opening words; all who lent equipment; the sponsors; the hard-working committee members; all who spoke or took part; and all who attended.
Organising committee, volunteers and supporters at the farm safety and mental health open day at the farm of Leslie Dixon at Moneylawn, Gorey.
Left: Leslie Dixon, who hosted the farm safety event on his farm at Moneylawn, Gorey; ABOVE: Brian Cleary with his sister, Eva Cleary and Noreen Kelly of Gardiner Grain.