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Farm Safety Event at Teagasc Kildalton

Mar 30, 2015 | UPCOMING EVENTS | 0 comments

A farm safety event will take place at Teagasc, Kildalton Agricultural and Horticultural College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny on Thursday, 9th April from 2.15pm to 5.15pm. The event will include a short seminar where current challenges with farm safety will be discussed. Speakers will include John McNamara, Teagasc Health and Safety Officer; John Kennedy, Inspector, Health and Safety Authority, and Frances McArdle, Head of Health and Training with Height for Hire.

The seminar will be followed by a safety visit to Kildalton College farm. Particular emphasis will be given to working at heights and a demonstration of safe and efficient approaches will be provided.

Speaking in advance of the event, Teagasc safety officer, John McNamara said that farmers should give particular attention to safety to prevent being knocked down by moving farm machinery during the busy spring season. When working at heights, there is a need for on-going attention to safety, as the risk of a fatality rises by a factor of seven when this is taking place.

The safety event is being held in association with the South East branch of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the professional body for occupational safety and health professionals.

The event is free of charge, booking is not required and all farmers are welcome to attend the event.

For further information contact: John McNamara, Teagasc Health and Safety Officer (087-6471133).

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