The Farm Safety partnership has filed a report estimating that over 100 accidents occur on farms in Northern Ireland each month.
The report found that each of these accidents result in the need for medical treatment, as reported by BBC news. They released the results as part of a new action plan, which hopes to reduce the high recent number of injuries and deaths due to farm accidents.
So far this year a total of six people have lost their lives on Northern Irish farms, with well known cattle breeder, Thelma Gorman, being the most recent fatality. Six was the entirety of deaths for 2016 alone, making farm safety of vital importance.
The chairman of Farm Safety partnership, Keith Morrison, says he hopes the new action plan will ultimately lead to a decrease in the number of farm related accidents.
"There is lots of practical help to try and prevent accidents...Things like training on how to use machinery and handling animals; visual guides to show people the safe way to do things; using the grant schemes and discussion groups to talk about safety.’ he said.