Pre­vent Farm In­juries in Jan­uary

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

FA­TAL farm ac­ci­dents showed a re­duc­tion in 2018 with 17 deaths (pro­vi­sional fig­ure). This is five fewer than the av­er­age for the pre­vi­ous 5 years (22). No farm fa­tal­ity was recorded in the fi­nal quar­ter of 2018.

Fifty three per cent (9) of fa­tal­i­ties in 2018 were as­so­ci­ated with farm ve­hi­cles and ma­chin­ery while a fur­ther 29 per cent (5) were as­so­ci­ated with live­stock. The re­main­ing 18 per cent of deaths (3) were as­so­ci­ated with a fall from height, slurry drown­ing and tim­ber cut­ting.

Fifty nine per cent (10) of fa­tal­i­ties oc­curred to per­sons aged 65 years or older, with half (5) oc­cur­ring to per­sons aged 75 or older.

Tea­gasc Health and Safety Spe­cial­ist, Dr John McNa­mara called on farm­ers to give safety first pri­or­ity dur­ing Jan­uary and the busy spring pe­riod in 2019. He said that the risk of farm ac­ci­dents rises with in­creased work ac­tiv­ity and pre­ven­tion is strongly as­so­ci­ated with im­ple­ment­ing be­havioural prac­tices.

Be­ing struck with a mov­ing ve­hi­cle is the most fre­quent cause of farm deaths on Ir­ish farms, so par­tic­u­lar vig­i­lance is needed when they are op­er­at­ing, he stated. A ve­hi­cle mov­ing at fast walk­ing pace cov­ers about 2 me­ters per sec­ond so it gives a per­son in its path lit­tle chance to avoid im­pact. El­derly farm­ers are

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