Irish Farm Deaths Rose by 127% in 2010

The number of deaths on Irish farms rose by 127% in 2010, a report released by the Health and Safety Authority has revealed. The 25 deaths on farms which occurred last year is up from 11 the year before, and represents over 50% of all workplace fatalities in Ireland in 2010.

“Farming is a difficult and challenging occupation, many involved are self-employed and the pressures that farmers are under can be intense at times,” commented Martin O’Halloran, chief executive of the HSA.

“However the fact is that the types of farm accidents that are causing deaths and serious accidents, such as those involving machinery and livestock, can be prevented.”