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Agricultural Consultants Association » Health and Safety

By admin, May 10, 2010
Members of the ACA Council attended the HSA launch in Dublin yesterday of the on-line Risk Assessment document.Please go to: or www.hsa.ieThere have been 7 deaths on Irish farms so far this year and at this rate it will surpass previous statistics which is a disastrous situation for the industry. It was suggested yesterday that the day of using the ‘carrot’ may be running out.Members of the ACA Council attended the HSA launch in Dublin yesterday of the on-line Risk Assessment or

There have been 7 deaths on Irish farms so far this year and at this rate it will surpass previous statistics which is a disastrous situation for the industry. It was suggested yesterday that the day of using the ‘carrot’ may be running out.

From: Press Office

Sent: 17 February 2010 15:55
Subject: Statement from the Health and Safety Authority – Farm Safety

Farm Safety Code of Practice goes online on Wednesday 17 th February. he Health and Safety Authority has today (Wednesday 17 th February) aunched a new online version of its Farm Safety Code Risk Assessment

The free online tool, the first of ts kind, was developed with the support of FBD Insurance and is
designed to assist farmers in preventing accidents on farms.Through the system users can generate risk assessments, with customised controls tailored to their farms. Pat Griffin, Senior nspector with the Health and Safety Authority, believes that farmers will embrace this new system.
“It is widely accepted that Irish farmers are European leaders when it omes to embracing new technologies and farming methods. We also know hrough our own research that over 83% of farmers have computer ccess*. I’m sure that this new system will be adopted as a useful tool and will help farmers to comply with the legislation and to reduce the unacceptably high level of accidents in this sector.”
Ciaran Roche, Risk Manager with FBD Insurance, also called on farmers to use the new risk assessment tool. “FBD are proud to sponsor and to be involved in the development of this valuable risk assessment tool. We would encourage all farmers to log on to and complete their electronic risk assessment. This will help farmers identify and implement necessary safety controls on their farms. We hope that this user-friendly tool will help farmers manage safety on the farm in order to reduce the number of serious accidents and fatalities.”
The major causes of death on farms over the last 10 years have been; Machinery (49%), Livestock (15%), Drowning / Gas (14%) and Falls (10%).

Pat Griffin concluded: “Last year the sector recorded 11 deaths. While this was a significant improvement on previous years, that was still 11 lives too many lost. Unfortunately 2010 has started badly with 6 deaths recorded already. Farmers must use the Code of Practice to manage safety. This new online system will greatly help in doing that.”

For further information please contact Mark Ryan Health and Safety
Authority Press Officer 01 6147068 / 086 8036141

*Source: Marketing research report by Delve Research Survey of Micro Businesses in Ireland on behalf of the Health and Safety Authority in 2005.

Workplace Fatalities (as at Feb 17 th 2010) Economic Sector

Agriculture, hunting and forestry

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

14 20 13 18 18 11 21 11 6
Total (all sectors)

61 68 50 74 51 67 57 43 7

Improving the health and safety record in farming is a major challenge. Last year 20% of all workplace deaths occurred in Agriculture and Forestry while just 6% of the working population is employed in the sector.

Deaths due to machinery (2000 – 2009)

• Caught in machine mechanism – 29% (10)
• PTO entanglement – 29% (10)
• Struck by trailer or machine – 12% (4)
• Crushed under machinery part – 15% (5)
• Crushed between tractor and machinery – 15% (5)

Deaths among older Farmers (2000 – 2009)

• Tractors / Machinery – 40% (23)
• Fire – 2% (1)

• Drowned – 9% (5)
• Fall / Struck – 26% (15)

• Animals – 23% (13)

Deaths due to vehicles (2000 – 2009)
• Struck by moving vehicle – 29% (13)
• Vehicle overturned – 22% (10)
• Fall from vehicle – 2% (1)
• Crushed by or under vehicle – 47% (21)

Childhood deaths ( 2000 – 2009)

• Tractors / Machinery – 57% (13)
• Slurry / Drowning / Gas – 30% (7)
• Fall / Struck – 9% (2)
• Livestock – 4% (1)

Deaths due to Livestock (2000 – 2009)
• Bull attacks – 62% (15)
• Cow attacks – 21% (5)
• Horses – 13% (3)
• Other animals – 4% (1)

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