FBD, HSA, to host farm safety event
Machinery demonstrations will be a feature of the Safeguarding the Future of Farming day in Co Kildare hosted by FBD Insurance and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).
The event on Friday, April 20, is at the Lyons Research Farm, Celbridge, Co Kildare, UCD’s teaching and research facility, well known for its systems research dairy herd.
All are welcome to attend, but numbers are limited, so they should email to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm their interest.
A morning session (9.15am) of keynote speeches, presentations and panel discussion is followed by an afternoon session with farm-safety demonstrations including machinery and PTO shafts; working at heights; tractors and farm vehicles; and working with livestock. Award-winning innovators taking part are Alexander Brady and Jack Brady, from Colaiste Chraobh Abhann in Wicklow, winners of the ABP Farm Safety Award at the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition; and Jack Nagle, Killorglin Community College in Kerry, winner of the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena People’s Choice Awards at the 2017 National Ploughing Championships.
At the event launch, Liam Herlihy, chairman of FBD Insurance, said: “The number of accidents, injuries and fatalities happening on Irish farms every year cannot go on. FBD Insurance, through its Farm Protect programme, is working hard to reduce accidents on farms every day. We strongly encourage farmers to adopt best practice today, and to set a good example for the next generation of Irish farmers.”
Senior HSA inspector Pat Griffin said: “We are already European leaders when it comes to producing quality food, now is the time for us to lead in relation to safety. There are some fantastic innovators partaking in the conference, so the knowledge and ability is there, we must bring that willingness to farm safely to every farmyard.”
At the Safeguarding the Future of Farming conference launch: from left, FBD Insurance plc chairman Liam Herlihy; minister of state Andrew Doyle; and ‘Irish Farmers Monthly’ editor Matt O’Keeffe.