Archive for July, 2013

Two children dead after farm accidents

Two children have died in the past 24 hours as a result of accidents on farms in counties Limerick and Laois. In Limerick, the 14 year old boy is believed to have died as a result of electrocution while power-hosing a shed at his grandfather’s farm. While a young girl (9) died in hospital yesterday as a result of injuries sustained on a farm in county Laois last weekend. This is the third farm fatality in Ireland in the past week and brings the total of agriculture related deaths in 2013 to five. Though the number is greatly lower than that of the same period last year, it is still five deaths to many.

Both Teagasc and the Health and Safety Authority offer advise and guidance in relation to child safety on farms. Farmers are advised to talk to children about safety on the farm and not to assume because they have grown up around the farm that they know the dangers. Farmyards are places of work and it is vital that children are not allowed to treat farmyards as play areas.

The following links provide information and guidance regarding child safety on farms:
Child Safety on the Farm: Information Sheet
Code of Practice on Preventing Accidents to Children and Young Persons in Agriculture
Children and safety on farms

(Information sources:,, Health and Safety Authority,

Dangers of working at sea reinforced by Tramore tragedy

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The death of three Waterford brothers has reinforced the dangers involved in working at sea. The Bolger brothers were of the coast of Tramore moving lobster pots when their fishing punt capsized in rough waters. Although the three men were wearing life jackets as the time of the incident, it is believed that they died as a result of the cold water while they were waiting to be rescued. It is believed their lives may have been saved had they been able to send out a distress call.

The tragedy almost coincided with both the Water Safety Awareness Week and the launch of the Irish Coast Guards(IRCG) Water Safety Advert.

The advert highlights the importance of the 6 T’s of Water Safety, these are:

  1. Training – ensure you have the basic training in safety awareness, fire prevention and first aid
  2. Take – take the correct equipment and ensure you wear a personal flotation device at all times when on the water
  3. Trip planning – Plan your trip from start to finish, know the water and the risks involved
  4. Tell someone – tell someone where you are going, who you are with and what time you expect to return
  5. Talk to the coastguard – talk to the coastguard on 112 or 999, don’t wait
  6. Time – remember every second counts when it comes to saving a life

For more information on water safety check out Safety on the Water

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