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HSA & IFA Launch Farm Safety Campaign

The HSA plan to increase the number of farm visits they make in order to promote safety on farms. This new initiative aims to place particular emphasis on farmers in the 60+ age group.

Over the last 10 years there have been 182 people killed, and many more seriously injured, as the result of farm accidents. More than half of these accidents involve farmers over the age of 60. In fact, accidents involving farmers over 55 years of age often account for 70% of farm deaths.

In an effort to reverse this trend, and focus attention on age as a risk factor, the HSA and the IFA have jointly produced a DVD entitled ‘Older, Wiser, Safer – A Practical Guide to Safety for Older Farmers.

Martin O’Halloran CEO of the Health and Safety Authority said that ‘Older, Wiser, Safer’ is part of an on-going approach to get farmers to tell their own stories and influence each other on this issue. Speaking about Farm Safety Fortnight Martin O’Halloran said, “We would encourage Farmers to give some time each day to farm safety and if one of our Inspectors visit, engage with them and act on any advice given.

The main causes of death and injury on farms are; tractors and machinery (47%), livestock (13%) and falls from height (12%).

As of April 2013, there have been 2 deaths reported due to work activity on farms.

Sourse: Health and Safety Authority, Press Release April 2013

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