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Tuesday of Farm Safety Week focuses on Machinery & Transport. Poorly used or faulty vehicles and machinery are a major cause of death and injury on farms.

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IFA has joined with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to urge road users to take extra care as the number of tractors, trailers and other farm machinery on the roads increases over the summer months.

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Today marks the start of the fifth annual Farm Safety Week UK & Ireland, an initiative led by the IFA in Ireland, aiming to reduce the number of accidents on farms that continue to give farming the poorest safety record of any occupation in the country.

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Farm Safety Week will take place this year from 24th – 28th July 2017. The campaign will focus on a different risk each day. Farmers will be encouraged to take some time during the week to assess the safety of routine tasks. The message for Farm Safety Week is that farm safety is a lifestyle not a slogan.

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Cork IFA is holding an information event on the Revised Standards for Agricultural Vehicles and Farm Safety in Macroom Mart on Thursday, July 6th at 11am.

The outdoor event, in conjunction with An Garda Siochana, the HSA, and the Fire Service and Cork Rapid Response, will have a full display of agricultural machinery/vehicles and will outline requirements to comply with current legislation and safety hazards when working with machinery.

Gardai will attend with a weighbridge to highlight the trailer towing capacity of jeeps and other vehicles. The required lights/markings/axles for tractor trailers and other equipment using the public road will also be discussed.

The Health and Safety Authority will highlight farm safety issues, while the Fire Service will demonstrate the equipment used in farm accidents and fires.

Cork Rapid Response and Air Ambulance Crew will discuss the service they provide.

IFA Farm Family representatives will highlight the importance of safety awareness on the farm.

All are welcome to attend!

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