By Gerard McCutcheon, Pig Development Department, Teagasc
Last year was an improved one in terms of farm fatalities.
There were 17 deaths on farms in 2018, compared to a five-year average of 22.
The incidence of deaths on farms is still too high, particularly when compared to other employment sectors.
Also, the percentage of deaths to young and old is a serious concern. Over 50% of the deaths in 2018 (10 people) were to people aged over 65.
Why are the young and old most vulnerable?
The older person has a slower reaction time, while children don’t see the danger that may exist. This is why farmers need to be extra vigilant when young and older people are on farms.
It is important to constantly strive to improve health and safety on all farms. It is always good to review your policies at the start of a new year.
Ask yourself the following questions:
There is always room to improve, and it is important that the risk of injuries (or worse) is always eliminated or managed properly.