William Shorthall, who is the IFA’s Health and Safety Executive, has urged farmers to be extra cautious when working with slurry.
He made the announcement after the opening of slurry spreading dates for counties in zone A on Monday, January 13th. Farmers in Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Tipperary, Laois, Kildare, Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Carlow and Waterford are now allowed to spread slurry on their land, whilst farmers in Zone B can begin spreading today, January 15th.
Counties in Zone B include; Roscommon, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Meath, Westmeath, Longford, Clare, Kerry, Limerick and Louth. Any remaining counties, featured in Zone C, must not spread slurry until February 1st.
Mr. Shorthall warned farmers of the dangers associated with slurry spreading and advised that it is one of the most dangerous jobs a farmer carries out.
“Spreading slurry is potentially one of the most hazardous activities that a farmer undertakes.” Mr. Shorthall warned.
The Health and Safety Executive of the IFA warned that the two greatest dangers associated with slurry is drowning and gas poisoning.
“The two main risks that present are drowning and gas poisoning.” He stated.
“We are urging farmers not to take unnecessary risks and follow simple steps to ensure their own safety and that of their animals,” he continued.
Other hazards associated with slurry include the toxic fumes, the slurry tank, lagoon openings and the slurry spreader PTO shaft.
The IFA then issued a number of safety tips for farmers to follow when spreading slurry. Check them out below!
- Agitation should only be carried out on Windy days, due to the toxic fumes.
- Always ensure that any animals and children are located away from the farmyard.
- Make sure all shed doors and openings are opened when agitating.
- Having commenced agitating, leave the area for at least 30minutes to allow dangerous gases to dissipate.
- Recover agitating points when not in use