Farming is far and away the most dangerous profession in Ireland.
Farming is the occupation with the highest risk of fatalities in the country; with a rate almost 10 times the average, according to a recently published report the ESRI.
The HSA reported 21 people lost their lives in farm accidents in 2016 and so far this year, there have been nine fatalities on Irish farms.
The Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) in Northern Ireland has just launched a new advert, as part of its ongoing ‘Stop and Think SAFE‘ farm safety campaign.
The new advert reinforces the need for farmers to be vigilant when working with livestock, in particular, freshly calved cows.
“All too often accidents happen on our farms which are preventable, so we want to continue to raise awareness for everyone working on or visiting a working farm,” the Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), Keith Morrison, said.
The HSENI continue to promote the acronym SAFE when raising awareness of farm safety. Farmers are reminded to consider four main risk areas when working: