FBD Insurance; ICOS and the Health and Safety Authority have joined forces to produce a safe management of marts training video.
The action comes on the back of the continuing upward trend in the number and severity of serious accidents in marts which is cause for serious concern.
It is hoped that this DVD will prove to be a very valuable training aid for mart employees and management.
In addition, a short video safety advertisement has been produced for members of the public; it is planned that this video will be played in the canteen and other screens around marts.
‘Make your mart a safer place’
Speaking at the launch Ciaran Roche, FBD Risk Manager said, “Livestock marts form a central part of the Irish farming community. FBD recognises the mart’s role in the success of Ireland’s agri-sector and is committed to continue offering insurance cover to the industry. “
Mr. Roche said that FBD has worked very closely with the HSA and ICOS to develop an online risk assessment tool specifically designed for marts, which is available on the HSA’s BeSmart pages along with a Voluntary Code of Practice for Safe Mart Management.
“If utilised, these tools will help make your mart a safer place. FBD will endeavour to work with the industry to achieve a safer mart environment for the benefit of everyone and to help lower the cost of insurance.” He continued.
Enhance health & safety
Ray Doyle, Livestock and Environmental Services Executive at ICOS said: “This new DVD will greatly enhance drover and mart user’s health and safety in livestock marts and as a consequence reduce animal welfare challenges.”
“Safety of all mart users is a real concern to all livestock mart operators and it needs constant monitoring and change to ensure best practice is achieved”
Senior inspector, HSA, Pat Griffin said: “For me, the way to safeguard the vital business done in marts on a weekly basis is to make Irish marts the best and safest in Europe. We are already European leaders when it comes to producing premium quality food, now is the time for us to lead in relation to safety.”
“Every stockman and anyone involved with livestock will learn from this DVD and we hope that this will become an invaluable training aid for all involved.”
Mr. Doyle said that marts must become exemplars of best practice in Livestock handling where farmers see and learn the very best techniques in handling; moving and controlling livestock.”
Irish agriculture holds a record that reflects poorly on all stakeholders within the sector; a record held for the last 8 years whereby Irish Agriculture has continuously recorded the highest number of work-related fatalities of all sectors.
In 2017, 47 people died in workplace accidents with Agriculture accounting for over 50% of those deaths (24).
210 people were killed in the agricultural sector over the period from 2008-2017 according to HSA statistics.
In this 10-year period, tractors and other farm vehicles such as Quads & Loaders were involved in 64 deaths; other machinery was involved in 42 deaths; livestock in 28 deaths and 22 people died as a result of falls from heights.