IOSH Western District Event in Galway – Challenges of Emergency Management

The IOSH Western District Committee are holding a free seminar in the Oranmore Lodge Hotel @ 7pm on Tuesday the 11th of November.

We have all seen the damage that was done as a result of last winter’s floods and storms. Emergency Services had to get into action to save people from danger as well as to minimise and repair damage done to property and infrastructure.

Speakers on the night:
  • Derek Hynes, ESB Networks will talk about their experiences of Storm Darwin which occurred in February 2014.
  • Shane Mooney of SPeco Services will discuss the immediate challenge of emergency management and the protection of business continuity following on from such an emergency.
  • Paul Duffy of Galway County Council Fire Service will discuss flooding hazards and the response of the fire service to such hazards.

  • For more information contact Áine Newell on or check out the event The Challenges of Emergency Management flyer for more details.

    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,

    Taking Care of Business – Free Event Limerick 21st May 2013

    The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are holding a free Taking Care of Business event in the Strand Hotel, Limerick on May 21st from 9.00am – 1.00pm. This event aims to help small business owners and managers understand the benefits of effective health and safety management.

    Topics on the day include tips on managing workplace:
    Slips, trips and falls
    Fire safety
    Manual handling
    Display Screen Equipment
    Chemical safety
    Electrical safety

    The event will also introduce the HSA’s BeSMART online risk assessment tool and give attendees an opportunity to try out the tool for themselves.

    Click here for more information regarding this event and how to book a place.

    Source: Health and Safety Authority, News and Events

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