11 agriculture related deaths already in 2014

Since the beginning of 2014 the Health and Safety Authority have recorded 11 deaths as a result of farm related accidents. Each year the number of deaths related to work in the farming sector remain significantly higher than any other industry sector. It is time to start reversing the trend!

The Health and Safety Authority along with the Irish Rural Link have produced the following videos:

1. To assist in the safe management of slurry agitation on your farm

2. The dangers of slurry gas on your farm

These are just two of the many videos available on the HSAchannel on YouTube that have been produced to encourage accident prevention in your workplace and on your farm.

IOSH Ireland Western District Seminar – Farmyard Safety and Windfarm Construction 11th March 2014, Galway

IOSH Ireland Western District committee are hosting a FREE seminar in the Maldron Hotel, Oranmore, Galway on Tuesday the 11th of March from 7pm-9pm. The seminar will focus on the following topics:

Farmyard health and safety
John Kennedy, Inspector, Agriculture and Forestry Policy unit, HSA
John will outline the accident record for the agricultural sector, use examples to show where many farm deaths were preventable, explain how a simple risk assessment tool may reduce risks on Irish farms, and present a summary of the findings of recent research on the underlying psycho-social factors influencing risk related behaviours of Irish farmers.

Windfarm construction
Mick O’Grady, ESB Asset Development
Mick will discuss the lifecycle of a windfarm right from concept to development. The presentation will examine the particular OHS challenges that must be addressed during the construction of a windfarm in Ireland.

What’s in it for you?
This FREE event is open to IOSH members and non-members.
IOSH members can include this in your CPD; and it is an ideal opportunity to network with OHS professionals.

Who should attend?
IOSH Members, OHS Professionals, Construction Professionals, Farmers/Land owners.

To book a place at this event please email aine.newell@ul.ie or donal_horgan@hotmail.com

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: Teagasc.ie, farmersforum.ie, Health and Safety Authority, irishtimes.com)

Major EU-OSHA Award for West Offaly Dairy Discussion Group

The West Offaly Dairy Discussion Group were one of ten groups to receive the European Occupational Safety and Health ‘Good Practice Awards’. The awards, announced on April 29th 2013, recognises innovative ways of implementing successful health and safety practices among SMEs across Europe.

The group of 15 farmers identified the need to reduce the hazards associated with dairy farming and to improve the standards of health and safety on their farms. The West Offaly Dairy Discussion Group used the Farm Safety Code of Practice Risk Assessment Tool in combination with monthly group discussions, to improve the levels of health and safety on their farms. The online Code of Practice Risk Assessment Document was developed as part of the Farm Safety Prevention Initiative operated by Teagasc and the Health and Safety Authority.

This award recognises the strong commitment made by this group of dairy farmers to improve the standards of health and safety on Irish farms. This commitment could pave the way for other farming groups to tackle reducing the hazards on farms across the country.

Information source: Teagasc news, Health and Safety Matters newsletter

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