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Increased Awareness Of Safety Thought To Be Cause Of 50% Drop In Farm Deaths

This year has seen the lowest number of workplace deaths since records began.

Increased awareness of safety and having extra help on hand on family farms throughout the pandemic are thought to be the reasons for a significant drop in farm deaths.

This year has seen the lowest number of workplace deaths since records began.

38 people died while working, down from 54 in 2020 - while farming deaths have fallen by over 50 per cent, with nine recorded in 2021.

Westmeath Chair of the Irish Farmers' Association, Bernie McCarthy says farmers are becoming a lot more conscious of the importance of safety:

Mark Cullen from the Health and Safety Authority says, despite a welcome drop in deaths, every accident is one too many:

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