Tullamore Show to bring farm dangers to life

‘Farm Safety Live’ will be taking place at this year’s Tullamore Show on Sunday, August 13.

The demonstration – showcased by FRS Training, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) & FBD – aims to inform farming families how simply safety precautions can be applied, when properly shown how.

Farm Safety Live aims to engage and “bring to life” three key farm hazard areas for the audience, while also providing practical, on-the-ground info and know-how that can be brought back and applied on the farm.

The three hazard areas in question are: ‘Safe Livestock Handling’, ‘Safe PTO (Power Take Off) Operations’ and ‘Safe Bale Handling’.

With 14 fatalities already this year and non-fatal accidents at near 2,000 per year, farming remains the most dangerous occupation in Ireland.

A farm accident can seriously affect both the person involved and their family, according to a Senior Inspector with the HSA and a member of the Farm Safety Partnership, Pat Griffin.

“The horrific consequences of a farm accident – whether fatal or causing serious injury – has a huge impact not only on the farmer, but also on the farm family, community and business,” Mr. Griffin said.

“We are working continuously with all in the farming community to raise awareness of the risks and to advise all of best practices in farm safety.”

“I believe that the live demonstrations on practical safety at our shared stand at the Tullamore Show will help protect lives and prevent injury.”

Meanwhile, FRS Training Manager and member of the Farm Safety Partnership, Jim Dockery, noted “We are getting out there in front of farmers and their families to show them the safe way of doing everyday tasks on the farm.”

Sometimes it is the simplest thing that can cause a horrific accidents, this collaborative event hopes to get everyone to farm more safely.

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