FBD, HSA, to host farm safety event

Irish Examiner - Farming - - NEWS -

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 info@fbd.ie 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.

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