STRESS A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN FARM ACCIDENTS, MONAGHAN CONFERENCE TOLD

12 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

The effects of stress and anxiety on those engaged in agriculture can bear significantly on farm accidents, a major all-island conference in Monaghan Town last Thursday was told.

Dr Denis O’Hora of the School of Psychology at Galway’s National University of Ireland said that safety concerns were competing with production concerns in farmers’ minds all the time, and it was often the case that “the urgent drives out the important”.

He was speaking at a farm safety conference organised by the Health and Safety Authority and its Northern Ireland Health and Safety Executive counterpart.

Leaders of some of the country’s top farming organisations participated in a panel discussion on the topic (see below), during which concern was expressed at the fact that 15 people had lost their lives so far this year on farms in the Republic, with four fatalities recorded in the North.

Two of the fatal accidents took place in Co Monaghan.

In May, a 65-year-old self-employed woman was found lying on the ground inside a calving pen which was occupied by a freshly calved suckler cow and a stillborn calf. She was transferred to hospital where she died the following evening.

In August, a 45-year-old self-employed farmer died when they fell into a slurry pit.

The largely attended conference heard a range of….

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