The fatality rate in Agriculture remains higher than any other economic sector, with fourteen farm-related deaths recorded so far this year.
The first tragedy occured on Monday when a 54-year-old Headford, Co. Galway woman sustained fatal injuries when tending to a herd of cattle in a field. On Thursday (yesterday), a Kerry farmer died in a machinery-related incident, with initial reports suggesting that he was crushed.
Monday also marked the start of the sixth Farm Safety Week UK and Ireland, an initiative that aims to reduce the number of accidents on farms and bring about a cultural change.
The message for this year’s campaign which is being led in the Republic of Ireland by the IFA and supported by numerous agencies is Your Health. Your Safety. Your Choice.
Throughout the week, That’s Farming has remained committed to farm safety, by highlighting farm safety tips on a daily basis. Our coverage kick-started with a poll on Saturday and the findings are highlighted below.
- When asked ‘should farm safety be linked to EU payments?’ - 35% agreed, while 65% disagreed.
- In response to ‘do you think that your farm is safe?’ - 92% said yes, while 8% answered no. Despite the fact that the fatality rate in Agriculture remains higher than any other economic sector.
- We concluded the poll with a final question - ‘do you feel that you have sufficient farm safety knowledge?’ - 91% replied yes, while 9% responded no.