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Farm Safety Week 2020 takes place from the 20th to 24th July

2020 marks the eight annual Farm Safety Week UK & Ireland, an initiative led by the IFA in Ireland, aiming to reduce the number of accidents on farms and bring about a change in culture that makes unsafe practices socially unacceptable. The message for this year’s campaign is: Save Lives: Let’s Take Farm Safety Seriously.

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Trauma on Farms in the Republic of Ireland 2014 – 2016

Source: National Office of Clinical Audit

About Farm Safety Week

Farm Safety Week is supported by a number of agencies, including the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and members of the Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee.

Farm Safety Week is an initiative of the Farm Safety Foundation.

Farming continues to have one of the poorest safety records of any sector in Ireland, last year 19 people lost their lives in farm accidents, with 14 confirmed deaths so far in 2020.

The campaign seeks to:

  • Continue to raise awareness of farming having one of the poorest safety records of any occupation in the UK and Ireland.
  • Highlight that the industry is aware of this and is working to address the issue.
  • Share good practice and demonstrate what good looks like
  • Continue to support the physical and mental wellbeing of the industry by increasing understanding of how to support those dealing with mental health issues in the industry


Farm Safety Competition

Open Your Eyes to Farm Safety Video

IFA has come together with Nenagh CBS in North Tipperary to sponsor a farm safety video and competition with 10 prizes of €500, please enter the competition and share with your family and friends to raise awareness of farm safety.

This is an initiative by a group of students and their teachers at Nenagh CBS in North Tipperary. Students Patrick Fogarty, Jack Gleeson, Michael Ryan, Paul Seymour, Patrick Quigley and their teacher Paul Butler, have taken the lead in addressing this issue and educating friends, families and the farming community about the dangers that exist on farms. This is also being supported by Embrace Farm and the HSA.

Check out the video here.

Enter the competition here.

AgriKids Farm Safety Webinars

AgriKids are running a series of daily webinars for children from ages of 4 to 12 years.  Covering topics such as signage, machinery and animal behaviours, there will be something for your budding farmers that will engage, educate and empower them to be farm safety ambassadors. Supported by Flogas, click here for further details and how to register.

AgriKids Webinar Dates and Times

When Event
Monday 20th July


Story Time – part 1

‘The Tree Swing’ & Safety Signs

Suitable for 4-7 yo

Tuesday, 21st July


Know the Signs

Animal and Farm Yard Safety

Suitable for 8-12 yo

Wednesday, 22nd July


Story Time – part 2

‘The Big Brown Bull’ & Animal Safety

Suitable for 4-7 yo

Thursday, 23th July



Tractor, Quads & PTOs

Suitable for 8-12 yo

Friday, 24th July


Story Time – part 3

‘The Red Tractor’ and Machinery Safety

Suitable for 4-7 yo

Farm Safety Resources

Complying with Farm Safety requirements

The best way to protect you, your family and anyone working or visiting the farm is to know where hazzards are and to eliminate or reduce the risks by implementing appropriate control measures.

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires that all farmers with more than 3 employees complete a Safety Statement.

Farmers with 3 employees or less can comply with the requirement by adhering to the Farm Safety Code of Practice, completing the Farm Safety Risk Assessment and implementing the appropriate control measures.

Guidance on Farm Safety Requirements
Risk Assessment Document

Top Ten Safe Tractor Driving Tips by FRS

Here are the top ten tips for safe tractor operation:

  1. Daily Checks:  It is always important to carry out daily checks on your tractor before you drive it to ensure everything is in working order.  Make sure the tractor is in safe operating condition. Check the lights are working, keep steps clean at all times for access and check the PTO and lift arm controls.
  2. Safe Stop Procedure: Always practice the Safe Stop procedure.  Cut back the throttle in good time, wait until the tractor has slowed down sufficiently, press clutch pedal, apply brakes gradually, always park in a suitable location, stop the engine and apply the handbrake, lower all hydraulically mounted equipment and finally remove the key.
  3. Safe Tractor Position Method:  Carry out the Safe Tractor Position Method.  When getting in and out of the tractor always use access steps and hand supports, adjust seat position to operate controls comfortably and adjust mirror for clear view.
  4. Keep tractor clear of hazards:  Always keep floors, doors, pedals clear and keep your boots clean.  Do not keep items like tools, draw bar pins, ropes etc on the cab floor as these cause easy distraction when driving and can cause accidents.
  5. Be aware of all blind spots: When driving ensure that there is nobody near you before starting the engine, always watch out for people, obstacles and blind spots.  Take time to clean windows and mirrors for visibility and always check that the brakes are locked together.
  6. Take your time and be aware:  When driving never move the tractor off until you are fully aware of how all controls operate and where they are. Take your time and never rush when operating the tractor.  Use throttle-correct procedure for slowing down, when reversing use mirrors and use the horn to warn by-standers. Lower your gears gradually when preparing to stop.
  7. Use the correct hitch system:  When hitching always make sure you use the right hitch system. Only use the controls from tractor seat and never stand between tractor and other machines or behind them.  Never stand with your feet under or near draw bars and ensure that jacks, skids and other supports are used and maintained.
  8. Experience is necessary when handling the tractor:  It is advisable to have inexperienced people supervised when hitching and unhitching trailers and implements.  Never get between a hydraulically mounted machine and the tractor or place your feet under parts that can collapse e.g. a drawbar.
  9. Always check the terrain:  When in the tractor and carrying out work always make sure the terrain over which the tractor is driven is free from hazards such as steep slopes or excavations.
  10. Beware of danger from overhead lines:  Tractors or machinery should never be operated if a danger from overhead electricity lines exist

For more details, see the FRS Tractor Driving section.

Homeland Stores Farm Safety Week Offerings

For Farm Safety Week this year, Aurivo is donating €4 to charity for every pair full protection wellies sold through its Homeland store network.

Full details available here.

Resources for schools & children


Agrikids has produced a number of online resources and games to teach kids about farm safety.

Once Upon a Farm 

This educational and engaging farm safety film is aimed directly at primary level students, from both rural and urban areas. Supported by FBD, IFA and ESB Networks, this seven-minute drama has been sent to the 3,300 primary schools across Ireland to assist teachers in educating their students about the importance of farm and countryside safety.

Dig In!

Learn about Life on the Farm and Countryside – a resource for Primary Schools.

HSA Child Safety on the Farm 

Tips and advice for keeping children safe on the farm.

HSA Staying Safe on the farm with Jessy

A book for children highlighting the importance of farm safety.

Supports for Families Affected by Farm Accidents

Embrace Farm

Embrace FARM, founded by Brian & Norma Rohan, supports families after the loss of a loved one from a Farming accident. For more information, click here.


FirstLight provides support to families whose child dies suddenly, up to and including the age of 12.  They provide professional and qualified care, compassion, and professional support to bereaved parents and families in their darkest hour.  Their services are available countrywide and are open to any person who feels they could benefit from them.  For more information click here or call LoCall Helpline: 1850 391 391

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