The HSE is hosting the third annual Farm Safety Week from Monday 6th to Friday the 10th July 2015.
This year the safety drive is supported by health and safety organisations from Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, and aims to cut the toll of accidents which gives agriculture the poorest record of any occupation in the UK and Ireland.
Farm Safety Week will highlight themed practical advice and guidance for farmers who will be encouraged to take five minutes to assess safety around particular routine jobs, so that they don’t learn safety by accident.
Day 1: Falls from Heights – What’s Left Behind
Day 2: Machinery
Every year in Ireland farmers lose limbs and lives in preventable PTO shaft, machinery and tractor accidents. In this dramatic film Galway dry stock farmer Peter Gohery talks about the day he was severely injured and almost died when he became entangled on an unguarded PTO shaft.
Day 3: Transport
Unfamiliar, old or poorly maintained tractors & machinery seriously injure and kill farmers every year in Ireland. In this dramatic film Galway farmer David Tarpey talks about the casual decision to borrow a neighbor’s tractor that left him in a wheelchair and changed his life forever.
Day 4: Livestock
Livestock attack, maim and kill farmers every year in Ireland. In this dramatic film Laois dry stock farmer Dominic Leonard talks about how a cow, protecting her calf, attacked and crushed him against a wall causing severe head injuries and nearly taking his life.
Day 5: Child Safety
The father of an ‘extraordinary little fellow’ killed in an accident on his farm has heartbrokenly told of how Christmas will never be the same without his 7 year old son.