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Stats show farming still a dangerous job

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Stats show farming still a dangerous job

Statistics released at a national farm safety and health conference showed that farming continues to be the most dangerous occupation in Ireland and has the highest number of fatalities in comparison to other sectors over the last number of years.

The conference in Mullingar was organised by The HSA and Teagasc, with sponsorship from FBD.

An in-depth analysis of fatal accident statistics from the HSA conveys that farmers are eight times more likely to die in a workplace accident in comparison to those working in other occupations.

When taking a closer look at the figures from 1989 to 2015 it can be revealed that 65% (321) of farming accidents and fatalities involved the farmer themselves. For the remaining 45 per cent, farm employees and family workers accounted for 46 and 41 fatalities. Furthermore, 17 per cent of deaths on farms in the 26-year period were people not involved in the general work of the farm.

Between the ages of 16 and 70 the number of deaths in the time period of 1989 to 2015 is 320. In total, this number of deaths only accounts for 63.6 per cent of the farming fatalities in Ireland.

In the same period, a total of 81 children aged 15 or younger were killed on farms and 20.3 per cent of those were people over the age of 70.

FRS are firm believers in promoting Farm safety amongst the farming community. Throughout 2016 they worked continuously to deliver Farm Safety demonstrations to the public.

FRS teamed up with FBD and the HSA to showcase practical farm safety demonstrations at the various agricultural shows over the year.

These included safe handling of bulls and livestock, Tractor PTO demonstrations, safe handling of bales, as well as giving general farm safety advice.

Including people of all ages is one of the main aims of FRS whist at the various shows over the year. FRS involved people from the crowd including children to teach and showcase the different dangers and how to prevent them.

FRS Training are also running half day farm safety training courses for TAMS applicants. Farm Safety training is now mandatory under the TAMS scheme. It is a requirement of the scheme that all applicants must have completed within the last five years prior to the date of application or the submission of their claim for payment . Visit www.frstraining.com for more details.

Not only do FRS promote Farm safety they also help the farmer out in times of need. The FRS Membership Benefit Scheme has helped many farmers out at their most vulnerable time – when they were unable to work on their farms due to an accident or sickness.

FRS offers a unique benefit as it arranges a relief worker to go out straight to the farm to cover the work for the farmer.

For more information visit www.frsfarmrelief.ie/membership or call FRS Roscrea on 0505 21166 or FRS Cahir on 052 7441598. Text FRS MBS plus your name and address to 51444 for a call back.