Latest farm accident sees man in 60's killed


A man in his 60s has been killed in an accident involving a tractor he was driving in Co Waterford.

Latest farm accident sees man in 60's killed

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A man in his 60s has been killed in an accident involving a tractor he was driving in Co Waterford.

The man has been named locally as James Keane from Fahafeela in Kilmacthomas.

Mr Keane was heavily involved in his local IFA.

It is beleived Mr Keane was travelling from his outfarm when his tractor overturned.

Gardai are investigating the accident.
The news comes following the release of an ERSI report earlier today, with its main focus being farm safety.
The report found that the main reason of farm accidents around the country is due to farmers not getting help with difficult tasks.
The report also found that Irelands dairy farmers, young farmers and farmers with large areas of land are deemed to be the ones of highest risk when working on farms. It said that farmers with the largest areas of land are three times more likely to take risks by not wearing necessary safety gear, this in comparison to owners of smaller farms.

The report found that unmarried farmers were more likely than others to risk their safety by not checking their machinery. Farming is the most dangerous occupation in Ireland with the rate of fatalities reaching ten times the average. Recent figures from the past decade show us that a total of 197 people have dies in farming accidents, while this year so far has seen a total of 11 deaths.
The report found that failing to take key safety precautions was one of the main reasons for farming accidents. The most common as previously stated was not getting help with difficult jobs.

This was followed by not using safety gear, using PTO’s/machinery guards, using handling/restraining facilities in animal treatment, and also a failure to store chemicals properly and out of children’s reach.
Figures released in the report show that over 80% of this year’s fatalities have occurred in farmers over the age of 65.
The report also queried farmers on potential farm accidents or near misses experienced.
The figures reported were that 12% of farmers, who participated in the survey, had been personally involved in an accident, while 27% were involved in a near miss, and 8% knew of someone who had been involved in an accident on their farm. Over half of farmers who had experienced an accident ended up changing a farm policy/structure as a result.

One of the authors of the report, Dorothy Watson , said “Farm safety is a critical issue. In the last seven years, 138 people have been killed in farm accidents, making farming the most dangerous occupation in terms of fatalities.
The results of this report highlight the significance of getting help with difficult jobs and checking machinery in reducing the risk of accidents in farming. Future policies should emphasise the importance of getting help with difficult tasks on the farm, as the research indicated that failing to do so is associated with a higher risk of accidents and near misses.”

Sinn Féin’s agriculture spokesperson, Martin Kenny, weighed in on the results of the report and the importance of farm safety.
He said that “Farming is the occupation with the highest risk of fatalities in Ireland, with a rate nearly ten times the average across occupations between 2009 and 2015 according to the report, which also finds that getting help with difficult tasks is key to improving safety’.

He also added that the days of seeking help are in the past “It used to be the norm that neighbours would help each other out for cattle tests, dipping sheep or other labour intensive or dangerous tasks on the farm. Very often, it is the thing that you get away with a thousand times, especially when working with machinery, that goes wrong once with tragic results.

He concluded by highlighting the importance of using safety equipment on farms, “Having proper protective guards on machinery is essential, particularly around PTO shafts and hydraulic pipes and above all, being aware of your own safety and taking all precautions. Working alone with machinery is always a risk.”
The report was carried out on 800 farmers and included 50 interviews with farmers in counties with high accident rates.

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