Recently an Economics and Social Research Institute (ERSI) report was release highlighting risk taking and accidents on Irish Farms. It was a joint venture carried out by ERSI and the HSA to promote safety on farms.
The report analysed results from 3,000 farmers who were randomly chosen from the HSA database of farms inspected between 2009 and 2013.
Following the competition of the report it has found that farmers between the ages of 18 and 34 were most likely to take risks when working on farms.
Speaking recently about the results was Macra President, James Healy. Mr. Healy thanked both parties for carrying out the report which he called “eye-opening” and spoke of Macra’s continued highlighting of the risks involved in farming. He said “‘‘I would like to thank the ESRI and HSA for publishing such an informative and eye opening report. Macra na Feirme has continually highlighted the risks that exist in farming through our various campaigns and we will continue to do so. Farming is a wonderful career but like everything in life, you must always think safety first and the fact that young farmers are most likely to take risks is concerning and Macra na Feirme will work towards changing that trend.’’
The results of the report found that almost twice as many young people were likely to forget to check machinery for faults, or use a PTO guard. This is in comparison to farmers above the age of 55.
Macra, through their Macra na Feirme Farmer Skillnet safe Agri skills programme, hope to increase awareness and help promote farm safety now the results of the report have been released.
This programme will teach numerous farm and safety modules such as first aid, farm machinery safety, livestock handling, and farm risk management.
Upon the programmes competition successful participants will receive a Safe Agri Skills card.
This card is designed to show that the farmer carrying is safety conscious and undertakes all precautions to ensure safety.
Speaking the importance of farm safety was Thomas Duffy, a member of Ramor Macra na Feirme, he said “Safety is essential to my farm. After my father had a near-miss involving a silage harvester when I was a child, I grew up with a good understanding of how dangerous simple farmyard machinery can be and how it needs to be respected.”.
Mr Duffy also spoke of his own near miss on a farm and warned others of the dangers of farming “My own near-miss with a bull two years ago brought home to me how dangerous even normally placid stock can be. The Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet programme has a great effect in sharpening the mind on both simple and more complicated redesigns around the yard that reduce your exposure to risk in day-to-day running of the farm.”
The Macra President, James Healy, concluded by urging young farmers to take part in the new Macra run programme, and warned them to take precautions before joining Ireland’s most dangerous profession, “‘‘I would urge all young farmers to participate in the Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet Safe Agri Skills programme and become leaders in farm safety. Taking risks leads to more accidents in what already is the most dangerous occupation in Ireland. No one should take risks on a farm and I would urge all young farmers to think of the consequences a farm accident will not only have on themselves, but will have on their families”.