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Two farmers killed in machinery incidents within days of Farm Safety Week

Two farmers have died in incidents involving machinery within days of Farm Safety Week.

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In the first incident, a man in his nineties died on a farm near Listowel, Co Kerry.

 

It is believed the incident involved a tractor and machinery the victim had been working with.

 

Just five days later, a 73-year-old man was killed after being struck by a tractor in a field.

 

It happened at Crannagh, Gort, Co Galway, at 8am on Tuesday, July 24.

 

The Health and Safety Authority is aware of the accident and is investigating.


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The deaths follow on from a week where everyone in the agriculture industry was urged to be more aware, more informed and more capable.

 

This was according to the Farm Safety Foundation which branded its sixth Farm Safety Week: ‘Your health. Your safety. Your choice.’

 

It said it wanted to instead reflect ‘what good looks like’ and inspire behavioural change.

 

It follows the latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)which revealed there had been 29 fatal injuries to agricultural workers over the last year, plus four members of the public – including two children.

 

“Over the past five years we have asked farmers to stop and think,” Stephanie Berkeley of the Farm Safety Foundation said. “We can continue to make powerful and emotive films and offer advice but we cannot do one thing. We cannot make farmers change their attitude.

 

“Only they can make that change. They have to want to change; they have to decide to change; they have to play their part and they have to take responsibility.”

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