'Cool' video and competition in students' farm safety initiative

'Cool' video and competition in students' farm safety initiative
The Nenagh CBS farm safety initiative organising committee. Back row: Karen O'Donnell (principal), Dermot Brislane (deputy principal) Paul Dolan, Paul Butler, Michele Forde (teachers) Front: Patrick Fogarty, Paul Seymour, Jack Gleeson, Patrick Quigley, Micheal Ryan. Picture: Odhran Ducie

Farm safety is a "cool" subject at Nenagh CBS, after five transition year students and their teacher put together a practical video to show the risks in farming.

From a north Tipperary community that has been deeply and personally affected by farm accidents, students Patrick Fogarty, Jack Gleeson, Michael Ryan, Paul Seymour, and Patrick Quigley, embarked on an ambitious mission to change the culture of farm safety.

The #Openyoureyestofarmsafety began with a pioneering initiative from students and their teachers at Nenagh CBS in Co. Tipperary.

They were helped by their teacher, Paul Butler, who said, ‘Many students were affected by farm tragedies. We wanted to save lives on farms."

Earlier, the school organised a farm safety tractor run, in aid of Embrace FARM, established by Brian and  Norma Rohan in 2014 as ‘a caring and supporting Agri-community for all those affected by farming accidents’.

The tractor run raised  €7,000 to support families affected by farm accidents.

The initial inspiration came from Peter Gohery, a Co Galway farmer, who gave his passionate presentation to Nenagh CBS students about how he lost a limb in a tractor accident.

The student video is designed to make people more aware of the accident risks in farming.

Brian Rohan, Co-Founder of Embrace FARM, said, "Great credit is due to the school for producing an excellent video".

"The video the lads have made will definitely save lives if viewed by the right people".

The "Open your eyes to farm safety" video has a number of safety scenes which the students recreated during the tractor run, to show the hazards and solutions.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) will promote the video to all secondary schools in Ireland in September as a resource to be used to support learning outcomes, as part of the Leaving Certificate agricultural science curriculum.

Pat Griffin, the HSA Senior Inspector for Farm Safety, congratulated the five students and their teacher for developing "one of the best farm safety videos ever produced".

"We hope it will inspire other young people and indeed all farmers to see and manage risk on the farm safely".

The Irish Farmers’ Association has come on board to give its support to this farm safety initiative.

In conjunction with Nenagh CBS, IFA, Embrace FARM and the HSA, a competition has been built around answering a few questions after watching the video.

IFA has made €5,000 available for this competition.

IFA President Tim Cullinan said, “I commend the young people involved for this initiative.

As farmers, we have to take the lead in addressing this issue and educating ourselves and our families about the dangers that exist on farms.

IFA is committed to raising awareness about the need for farmers to take safety seriously.

Any initiative that helps to do this is welcome and will be supported by our Association”.

The competition will run until Friday, July 24.

Peter Gohery of Embrace FARM encourages everyone to watch the video and enter the competition.

"I know this can be hard viewing for anyone who has lost a loved one to a farm accident, as some of the scenes can be re-enacted in this video.

But I am appealing to all farm families young and old to watch it with the whole family."

You can enter the competition by answering the questions on the surveyhero.com/c/da34bcce link.

Ten names will be picked at random from all correct entries submitted by July 24, 2020.

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