72% of farm deaths in over-60 age group

72% of farm deaths in over-60 age group

About 72% of farm accident deaths last year (13 out of 18) were in the over 60 age group, Health and Safety Authority data has revealed.

Teagasc, in partnership with Mountbellew Agricultural College, Co Galway, will hold a half-day farm safety event for farmers and their families at the college this Friday.

Glen Corbett, Teagasc advisor and event organiser, said farm safety is a crucial issue on farms.

“There needs to be constant awareness amongst the farming community of how we can make our farms safer places to be and work,” he said.

Noting that the average age of an Irish farmer is about 57 years, Mr Corbett said there is a need to adapt farms and work practices for safety.

Teagasc health and safety specialist, Francis Bligh, said it wants to give strong health and safety messages as the year progresses.

Galway farm accident victim, Peter Gohery, will outline his experiences at the event, which gardaí, representatives of the HSA, and others will address.

There will also be safety demonstrations on machinery, livestock handing, slurry, tractors, and working at heights as well as an event for schoolchildren.

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