Farm Safety Week 2019 takes place from the 15th to 19th July and is supported by many agencies, including the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and members of the Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee.
It is no secret that farming in Ireland continues to have one of the poorest safety records in any sector. According to the Health & Safety Authority, there have been 10 farm deaths to date in 2019, compared to a total of 16 in 2018, which includes one timber-related fatality.
According to a Teagasc National Farm Survey, 2018 has also shown that levels of serious non-fatal farm accidents causing injury are also rising with an increase of 13% compared to a previous survey in 2012. Furthermore, the 2018 survey has indicated that the majority of accidents on dairy farms are associated with livestock (37%); vehicles and machinery (23%); trips, falls and blows (15%); chainsaws/wood related (13%); buildings (5%) and other accidents (7%).
It is not just adults who are vulnerable on Irish farms, children account for 12% of all fatalities. Providing a safe play area, removing hazards and explaining the dangers are essential to keep accidents and fatality at a minimum.
The 2019 Farm Safety campaign seeks to: