An international conference on farm safety organised by the Health and Safety Authority, the Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee and Teagasc has heard how the number of fatal farm accidents in Ireland is set to rise again this year, eclipsing the 20-year high last year.
“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,” commented Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, who was serving as key speaker at the event.
“By continuously talking about and being aware of farm safety we can together bring about a change of culture and farmer thinking,” he continued.
The conference drew attendees from The US, UK, Norway, Denmark and Italy.