Farming remains the most dangerous sector in Ireland, with 18 fatalities occurring in 2019, according to the Health and Safety Authority.
This, the HSA outlined, represents a 20% rise from 15 deaths in 2018.13 victims were over 60 years of age, with 10 of these over 70 and two over 80.
Farming deaths occurred throughout the year, with three each in January, April, July and September.
The deaths, the data from the HSA showed, were associated with being trapped or crushed (7); struck by a vehicle (2); drowning (2); struck by a falling object (2) and others (5).
As almost three in every four farm fatalities last year involved people 60 and older.
Dr. McGuinness said farmers must recognise their limitations as they age which may affect their ability to work. “As farmers get older, they must adjust their work practices to make sure that they avoid injury.”
“I would urge people to really take on board the dangers around farming whenever working with livestock, slurry or machinery.
“Farmers think it’ll never happen to them but sadly as we have seen, all it takes is a few seconds for a serious injury or death to occur,” she added.
The following data has been provided by the HSA: