‘The Farm Safety Experience’ is a key farm safety event set to hit Gurteen Agricultural College, Ballingarry Roscrea, Co. Tipperary this coming Saturday, 28 April.
The event will take place from 12 up until 4pm and t is a collaborative event involving Teagasc, Gurteen Agricultural College, Embrace, ICMSA, Arrabawn Co-op, FRS Networks, An Garda Siochana, IFA, and Agri Aware.
What to expect:
The event is going to be an interactive one and will involve the Model Farm, the Pet Farm as well as displays of good farming practices, from AgriKidz Alma Jordan among others.
Schools are asked to participate in a colouring competition for National Schools. There is a prize fund of €500 for competitors, sponsored by Arrabawn Co-Op.
With the fatality rate in agriculture far higher than any other economic sector. A large proportion of all fatal workplace accidents occur in agriculture, even though a small proportion of the workforce is employed in farming. The level of farm accidents is not decreasing, making key events like this all the more important.
“George Graham will also speak on the day about Mental Health and his experiences on that front, Alma Jordan is going to be inside with the children. She is going to do role play and dress one up as a cow and one up as a horse and talk to them about the dangers of a farmyard and livestock.”, said Peter Gohery, who works with Embrace.
“Diane Banville is going to speak on the loss of her husband Kevin, while Angela Hogan will talk about losing her partner Brendan Kelly. Majella Philpott will be also talking about the loss of her dad by a farm accident. “, he added.
Other speakers include a new entrant, Mike Forde, who is a former department worker and farm accident survivor. Peter Gohery hopes people hearing these real-life experiences, like Mike's, will encourage them to think twice about farming more safely.
“It just shows how easily an accident can happen…I will be hoping people will come in and hear these stories and find out exactly what is going on,”, Peter said.
Outside, Peter will carry out a demonstration on slurry gases and the dangers involved and working with slurry. The RSA will also be in attendance, while an Garda Síochána officials will be demonstrating the correct ways in which to tow a trailer.
“I think it is very important to have kids knowing the dangers on a farm. The way we want them to look at this is, that when they go home they might spread the message with their parents and remind them of the dangers,”, he said.
“We would like to thank Gurteen Agricultural college for allowing us to use their facility for the day. I know it is a busy time of the year, but it is imperative that all families show up”, Peter added.
Peter says he hopes that one day Ireland follow the Swedish farm safety model.
“I think we need to follow the Swedish safety model, Safe Farm common sense, where it involved the whole family in farm safety. They actually dropped their death rate to zero from this after a five-year programme and that’s what we are looking at achieving…We are losing too many farmers”, Peter said.
A key farm safety event, with fun and knowledge for all the family. 12pm to 4pm this Saturday Gurten Ag College, will you be there?