Teagasc Urges Farmers to Focus on Safety

Teagasc has urged farmers to focus on safety after safety figures released show that there has been a 35 per cent increase in injuries on farms since 2006.

In 2010 almost 2,500 injuries were reported in comparison to 1,800 in 2006. The highest amount if injuries were for trips, falls and blows (42 per cent) while livestock-related injuries accounted for 33 per cent.

Teagasc health and safety officer John McNamara said that an increase in workload and poor organisation now means that farmers often overlook safety in their rush to complete work. Pat Griffin senior inspector with the Health and Safety Authority said that there will be higher accident rates when farmers grow in size if nothing is done to improve safety.