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National Farm Safety Conference To Be Held This Friday In Clare

The Health And Safety Authority (HSA) is hosting its National Conference on Farm Safety and Health this Friday, November 17th.

The event is to take place in the Auburn Lodge Hotel in Ennis, Co. Clare.

A full timetable of “Protecting your Life and Livelihood” can be found here:

  • 09:00 – 09:30am: Arrival and Tea/Coffee
  • 09:30 – 09:35am: Welcome and Introduction by Martin O’Halloran, Chief Executive, Health and Safety Authority
  • 09:35am: Opening Address by Minister Pat Breen TD, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection

Session 1: Chairperson Dr. Tom Kelly, Director of Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc 

  • 10:00 – 10:20am: Understanding Fatality Trends for Future Action Prof. James Phelan – Chairman of the Farm Safety Partnership Committee
  • 10:20 – 10:40am: Ireland in the World of Farm Safety Dr. John McNamara, Teagasc, Farm Safety and Health Specialist
  • 10:40 – 11:00am: Developments and Benefits of KT Paula Browne, Agriculture Advisor
  • 11:00 to 11:20am: Tea/Coffee

Session 2: Chairperson John Comer, President ICMSA 

  • 11:20 – 11:40am: Preventing Livestock Attacks J.J. Lenehan, Teagasc Buildings Officer
  • 11:40 – 12:00am: Protecting Your Back Frank Power, Ergonomist and HSA Specialist Inspector
  • 12:00 – 12:20am: Tractor/Machinery Safety Jim Dockery, Safety Training Manager, FRS
  • 12:20 – 12:40am: My Farm and Major Safety Awards Michael Callinan, Clare Drystock Farmer
  • 12:40 – 01:00pm: Q&A Session involving Leaders of Farm Organisations

A light lunch will be served between 1pm and 2pm to wrap up the day.

According to the HSA pamphlet, the aim of this event is to “set out current areas of greatest concern and describe new approaches to safety and health based on national and international research. Research findings and prevention approaches will be outlined in an effort to reduce the level of farm fatalities, accidents and ill health”.

Admission to “Protecting your Life and Livelihood” is free of charge.

Those who wish to attend are required to make a booking with Teagasc on (065) 6828676. Alternatively you can email John.G.McNamara@teagasc.ie.

The conference is sponsored by FBD Trust.

The author: Nick Fitzgerald