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Warning bells after three farming tragedies in less than a week

Three farmers have died in farm related incidents since Friday (March 10). 


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Warning bells after three farming tragedies in Ireland in less than a week

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has issued a warning after three farm fatalities in just six days.

 

It came amid a blast on the farming community to address its attitude to farm safety after its worsening safety record hit four times the ten-year average in February.

 

 

The HSA confirmed a farmer in his 50s died following an incident with livestock on Friday (March 10) on his farm in Arigna, near Co. Roscommon, only days before two other tragedies earlier this morning (March 15).

 

The first incident happened on a farm in Co. Wexford when a man in his 20s was killed after his quad bike overturned into a ditch.

 

The second fatality occured in Co. Offaly when a farmer in his 70s died after being struck by a tractor.

 

A spokesman from the HSA confirmed it was investigating.

 

Danger zone

The news came in light of research which highlighted farming had topped the list of the most dangerous jobs in the UK.

 

Adzuna, the job agency which compiled the data, said figures from the industry, which covered crop, animal and mixed farming, highlighted 167 fatalities between 2010-2016.

 

It totalled almost two thirds higher than the second most dangerous occupation, building construction, which had 101 deaths in the same time period.

 

NFU vice-president and Farm Safety Partnership chairman Guy Smith said: “Accidents involving vehicles are the most common cause of fatal injury in agriculture and in February were the cause of the majority of recorded farm deaths.

 

“We urge our members to take some time to make safety a priority. It just might save you more time and money than you think - but more importantly keep you alive.”


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