The number of fatal farm accidents has reached a total of 16 so far this year, a conference in Dublin organised by the Health and Safety Authority, Teagasc and the Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee has heard. If it continues it may pass the 26 deaths that occurred on farms in 2010 which was a 20 year high.
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney was present at the event and he was told that accidents with machinery, the handling of livestock and the prevention of falls were the main factors contributing to these farm accidents.
The Minister stated that “People working on farms need to be more conscious of safety requirements, in particular since in many instances they are working on their own. A significant change in mindset is required if we are to prevent further serious farm accidents”.