Leap in rate of farm-related deaths

THERE have been almost as many farm-related deaths so far this year as there had been in the whole of 2007.

Minister of State Billy Kelleher, speaking yesterday at the launch of the Health and Safety Authority’s annual report, said this demonstrates the great challenge that needs to be faced.

He urged everyone to lead the way in making the rest of 2008 a safer one for the farming community.

Mr Kelleher noted that in 2007, there was an almost 40% decline in farmer deaths on the 2006 figure.

He said this followed good work by the Health and Safety Authority and other farming stakeholders in raising awareness of the new Code of Practice and promoting the safety message in communities.


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