Midlands Farmers Urged To Take Their Time When Carrying Out Work

Farm Safety Week is being launched today.

Farming has one of the most inadequate safety records of any sector in Ireland.

Farm Safety Week is being launched today with the aim of reducing the number of accidents.

This years Farm Safety Week is hoping to change how people in agriculture work, and bring about a change in culture that makes unsafe practices socially unacceptable.

Last year, 19 people lost their lives in farm accidents, already this year 14 people have already died.

Irish Farmers Association president, Toomevara's Tim Cullinan, is urging farmers not be in a hurry when carrying out their work:

New research has found most farmers are admitted to hospital with injuries in March and July, with patients ranging from less than one year old to 93 years of age.

Low Falls of less than two meters caused a quarter of major trauma in those under 65.

Meanwhile, more than a quarter of children's injured happened because of a vehicle incident 

Teagasc says avoiding fatigue is key to preventing farm accidents.

Farmers are being asked to change their farm to make them safer to work and live.
 

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