8 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Teagasc Health and Safety Officer John McNamara has called on Co Monaghan farmers and those throughout the country to make their own safety, and their families’ safety, top priority in 2016.

His call came in the wake of another year of high farm deaths, when 17 persons died (provisional figure) on Irish farms.   This follows on from 30 farm deaths in 2014.

The Teagasc Health and Safety Officer called for particular vigilance in January as farm work increases giving rise to increased risk.   He stated that January and March have about 9% and 12% respectively, of annual fatal farm accidents, which is associated with high levels of work activity.

Dr McNamara said that while each accident has individual factors, contact with machinery and equipment (41%), livestock incidents (24%) and falls from heights (18%) were the predominant associated causes in 2015.

The Teagasc Health and Safety Officer pointed out that up to €395 million is available in Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS 2) funding up to the end of 2019. A considerable number of measures are included which support making farms safer and more efficient workplaces.

These include slurry aeration and slat replacement, modernising electrical installations and lighting, installation of fixed and mobile livestock handling facilities   and safety specific items such as guardrails and sliding doors. It is of the utmost importance that farmers examine ways to utilise the funding available in the context of their own farms.

Completion of a Half-day Risk Assessment course (or the Green Cert), within the previous 5 years is a mandatory requirement to obtain TAMS funding.   Teagasc plan to hold half–day training courses throughout the country during the spring and booking can be made at….


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