Speaking at the Irish meeting on Agricultural Occupational Health and Safety in Dublin today (Mon), IFA Deputy President Eddie Downey stressed the importance of being ever vigilant, when it comes to safety on our farms.
He said that by simply taking a few minutes to think about the risks involved before starting a task, you can take preventative measures to lessen the likelihood of an accident.
He said, “Farms can be a dangerous place with livestock and powerful machinery, slurry pits and other hazards capable at any time of posing risks, especially to children. This is why it is so important that everyone takes responsibility and puts in place measures to reduce the risks on our farms.”
He said the best way to bring about a real change and reduce the accidents on Irish farms is through promotion and awareness of farm safety. The IFA farm safety campaign, Think Safety Farm Safely, which was launched earlier this year by President Mary McAleese, encourages farmers to maintain the highest safety standards on their farms.
Mr Downey welcomed the opportunity provided by the meeting to hear from expert speakers on the latest international developments in agricultural health and safety management. He said the meeting provides an ideal platform to share experiences and establish links to work together to reduce accidents on farms