Farm Safety Hub

Up to 50% of workplace fatalities take place on a farm

The IFA wants its members to be able to work and come home each evening. We want Irish farms to be amongst the safest places to work which is why we have created a dedicated resource to support and improve safety awareness amongst farmers and farm families.

We work with other stakeholders in the sector in a  co-ordinated effort to unite our voices in reducing farm accidents and tragedies. 

Farm Safety Week 2021

2021 marks the ninth annual Farm Safety Week.  The collaborative campaign, initiated by the Farm Safety Partnership in the UK and led by the IFA within Ireland brings together farming organisations from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland Britain on the topic of farm safety.  United in the aim 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

RETHINK SAFETY



Farm Safety Videos

We are very thankful to all those individuals who appeared in various video campaigns to highlight the importance of farm safety.   For those who have survived, we thank you for your bravery in recalling those events and we forever remember those who were lost to us.

Eileen’s Story

Farm Safety Forum #1 – Tuesday 20th July 2021

Farm Safety Forum #2 – Thursday 22nd July 2021


Farm Safety Forums

Tuesday July 20th  – 7.00pm

Chaired by Caroline Farrell, Chair IFA Farm Family Committee.

Agenda

Peter Farrell – Farmer & Survivor

Dairy farmer, Peter Farrell from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, shares his story of how he lost an eye as a result of a farm accident in June 2009. “Careful is a very boring kind of word; everybody uses it, but it’s so, so important – you don’t realise.”

Noel Guinan – Quad Safety and Handling

Noel from CBT Group and has taken part in numerous demonstrations for the safe handling of quad bikes.   Noel will discuss and offer advice on how to use your quad safely and how to be sure you and third party users will be compliant with new regulations due later this year.

Clare O’Keefe – Succession Ireland

Clare O’Keeffe is a third-generation farmer on her home farm.  In 2020 Clare was conferred with a Masters in Agriculture Extension and Innovation.  Clare also has an honours degree in Economics & Sociology from the National University of Ireland, Cork, a diploma in Rural Isolation and Counselling skills and a diploma in Social and Community Studies.  Clare will discuss the importance of moderation with succession planning.

Thursday July 22nd  – 7.30pm

Chaired by Caroline Farrell, Chair IFA Farm Family Committee.

Agenda

Evelyn McGinley  – Livestock Safety

A full time vet at  Mulroy Vets, Milford and an inter county footballer, Evelyn  will relate some of her own experiences around farm safety and talk about safety around livestock.

Gary Fisher – Teagasc

Gary is the Teagasc advisor in Donegal and will talk about our older farmers and what can be done to reduce risk on the farm.

Trish Duke – The Mindset Coach

With our mental health a constant issue, it’s important to know what we can do to help ourselves or those close to us. Trish Duke, also from the Facebook page “Be You by Trish” and “Be You” Instagram, will talk about the importance of looking after your mental health and wellbeing.


Child Safety

Where we understand how a farm can have such appeal to a young child, we must always be mindful that a farm is not a playground.  For those times when children might be visiting the farm ensure they are supervised and only exposed to jobs that are age appropriate.

AgriKids

AgriKids and Duhallow IRD have teamed up this Farm Safety Week to run a series of webinars for children. Presented by AgriKids Founder, Alma Jordan and supported by Flogas, the events will run over three days and over an array of topics such as farmyard safety, recognising key animal behaviours and welfare as well as the all important farm vehicle and machinery safety.

These free events are suitable for children aged 4-7yo and 8-12yo, you can find out more and register using the button below.


AgriKids is running a Colour and Art competition for young farmers. Full details on the competition and how to enter is available from clicking the button below.

AgriKids is a farm safety educational platform for children and a co-partner with IFA on the Farm Safe Schools Programme.  

Use their free resources to help guide your family in how to be farm safe and stay farm safe.

Farm Safe Schools

Agri Aware, AgriKids and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), supported by the FBD Trust have teamed up to bring the Farm Safe Schools pilot programme to Irish classrooms. The first of its kind, collaborative programme aims to engage, educate and empower Irish children to become farm safety ambassadors and in doing so help create a safer, brighter future on Irish farms.

The interactive educational programme is designed to assist teachers in educating their students about the potential dangers associated with farming and agriculture, and is part of a national strategy, aimed at reducing the number of accidents on farms and in the countryside.  

As an existing component of the SPHE curriculum, this programme will also provide Irish primary school classrooms with fun, interactive resources and webinars all tailored to the Farm Safe School ethos.  Registrations currently closed and due to re-open March 2022.

HSA Code of Practice

The Health and Safety Authority are the ruling body regarding safety in the workplace including farms.  This Code of Practice applies only to on-farm work activities and their potential impact on children and young persons.

Visit the HSA website to access their full resources aimed to educate and grow awareness regarding children’s safety on and around a farm.


Farm Safety Week Offers

The following stores are currently running Farm Safety Week instore promotions. Make sure to ask in your local co-op for any specials they may be running.

NameLocationsWebsiteStores
Gardiner GrainCoolgreany, Gorey, Carnew, Avocahttp://www.gardinergrain.ie4
Liffey MillsAthy, Nenagh, Banagher, Ennis, Shinrone, Edenderry, Roscreahttps://www.liffeymills.ie7
Town and CountryStradbally, Co. Laoishttp://stradballytownandcountry.com1
Platin GrainDuleek, Meathhttps://www.facebook.com/platingrain 1
DairyGoldCork, Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.https://www.coopsuperstores.ie/Store-Locator 27
Tipperary Co-OpTipperaryhttps://www.tipperary-coop.ie3
Aurivo – Homeland StoresNorth westwww.homeland.ie34
Arrabawn HomevalueTipperary, Galway, Clare, Offaly, and Roscommon. http://www.arrabawn.ie12
GlanbiaAll Locationshttps://www.glanbiaconnect.com 54
Mc Ginty Tractors.Donegalwww.mcgintytractors.com1
Stewart AgriDonegalwww.stewartagri.com1
Donegal TractorsDonegalwww.donegaltractors.com1
Tinney TractorsDonegalwww.eamonntinney.com 1
Cowan TractorsDonegalwww.cowantractors.com1
Robert kee Power Equipment Donegalhttps://www.robertkee.ie  1
Watson HireDonegalwww.watsonhire.ie1
Gortlee Tool HireDonegalhttps://www.facebook.com/gortleesalesandhire/1
W&E Shirley Tractor SalesLaoishttps://www.facebook.com/WandeShirleyltd/1
Agri SpecLaoishttp://www.agrispec.ie1
Paddy Denby EngineeringWexfordhttps://pdenbyengineering.ie1
Cooney FurlongWexfordhttps://cooneyfurlong.com1
Vaughans HardwareClarePhone: 065 68352041
McInerneys HardwareClarePhone: 065 6828029 1
Drinagh Co-opCorkhttps://drinagh.com 9
Deeside Agri, Richardstown, DunleerLouthwww.deesidecountrystore.ie1
Sullivan’s Safety Centre, DroghedaLouthhttps://osullivansafety.ie/1
Ferdia Homevalue, ArdeeLouthhttps://www.ferdiastore.ie/1
Ard Products, DundalkLouthPhone: (042) 933 56001
PrattsLaoisfacebook.com/prattsabbeyleix1
Inishowen Co OpDonegalhttp://www.inishowencoop.com3

Farm Safety Statistics

Source: Health and Safety Authority


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