Farm Fatalities Remain High in 2012

To date, the HSA website shows that 18 people have been killed on Irish farms compared to 22 people who were killed on Irish farms during 2011.  To put this in perspective, in  2007 at the tail end of the construction boom, 18 people were killed in construction works which at the time was seen as having an unacceptably high level of accidents and fatalities. Over the course of the past 5 years, there has been an average of 18 fatalities on Irish farms each year and in September this year, news broke about the deaths of 3 members of the Spence family in Co. Down where it is believed the accident occurred when members of the Spence family initially tried to rescue a family pet who strayed into a slurry pit before themselves becoming victims. Only 4 weeks later, another farmer in County Westmeath died when he too was killed in an accident concerning slurry tanks.

Farm Safety Ireland

The Health and Safety Authority have run a number of initiatives to raise awareness, including the setting up of a stand at the National Ploughing Championships in Wexford this year, and in August the HSA and the Irish Farmers Association made a joint appeal to farmers to give farm safety their highest priority.  The HSA/IFA appeal came following the deaths of 3 farmers during July.

For those involved in agriculture, there are some very useful online resources which are free to use and which can help with managing risk and avoiding accidents.  These include:

As is the case for other employers and self-employed persons, farmers are required to comply with the various requirements of all applicable health and safety law including the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and associated regulations, including the requirement to have a safety statement.  The safety statement serves as a way of documenting the means by which health and safety is managed at the place of work.
Note: Farmers who employ 3 or fewer persons do not need a safety statement if they comply with the Farm Safety Code of Practice.


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Business Safety offer health and safety consultancy services to those involved in farming and other aspects of agriculture. If you require further information or if you would like an independent health and safety audit done on your farm, call us on 0818 333 212 or use the enquiry form below.

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