Over the duration of 2016, there were 44 people killed in workplace related deaths. This however, is a reduction of 21% as 56 deaths occurred throughout the various workplaces in 2015.
Statistics released this year at the national farm safety and health conference showed that farming continues to be the most dangerous occupation in Ireland.
The number of deaths on farms remained high, with 21 reported in 2016, compared to 18 in 2015.
In comparison to farming, the number of construction fatalities dropped to nine in 2016, from 11 in 2015. There was a clear reduction in the number of fishing related deaths down to three in 2016 compared to five in 2015 and one fatality in the transportation and storage sector compared to four in 2015. Across all the sectors accidents involving working with vehicles made up almost half (20) of all fatalities in Ireland in 2016.
Cork came out on top as having the highest number of fatalities in 2016 with eight recorded, followed by Kerry and Meath both with four. Tipperary also came out quite high with three fatalities in 2016.
There were nine deaths in men over the age of 65 in the agriculture sector in 2016. The majority of work related deaths (30) however, were males between the ages of 25 and 65.
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 in hope of creating awareness and reducing deaths.
They teamed up with FBD and the HSA, to show case practical farm safety demonstrations at the various agricultural shows over the year such as; Tractor PTO, safe bull and livestock handling, safe handling of bales as well as general farm safety advice.
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 applicants must have completed within the last five years prior to the date of application or the submission of their payment. Visit www.frstrainng.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 info visit www.frsfarmrelief.ie/membership or call FRS Parkmore on 0505 21166 or FRS Cahir on 052 7441598.