According to statistics published by the Health and Safety Authority, there have been 10 fatalities in the Agriculture sector this year, including crop and animal production, hunting and related activities– double that of the next highest – Transportation and storage.
Nearly 1 in 5 farm deaths are due to falling objects and collapses
A study that was published by the HSA indicated that falling objects make up 17.4% of the main causes of deaths in Agriculture and Forestry over the last 10 years 2009-2018.
Falls from a height are also a major cause of accidents involving farm buildings. Of particular concern is falling through fragile roofs and from ladders. Collapsing walls or earthen drains also cause deaths.
In the event of an accident on the farm;
- Call 112 or 999 immediately,
- Give your Eircode and follow advice,
- Support and reassure,
- Do not move the person,
- Controlled removal may be critical
Bale stacking at heights
- Falling from stacks or loads of bales is the biggest cause of bale-handling injuries. This can be prevented by building secure stacks and binding stacks and loads.
- Particular care is needed when removing bales from stacks, as many people, when trying to free jammed bales, fall from stacks or edges.
- Remove big bales from the top first. Never remove bales from the bottom of the stack, as this may leave overhanging bales unsupported.