Farm Fatalities Up More than 100% in 2010

Irish farm fatalities more than doubled in 2010, a report released
by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has revealed. 25 farmers died while
tending to their farms in 2010, a 127% increase on the 11 who died in 2009.

“Farming is a difficult and challenging occupation, may
involved are self-employed and the pressures that farmers are under cans be
intense at times. However, the fact is that the types of farm accidents that
are causing deaths and serious accidents, such as those involving livestock and
machinery, can be prevented,” commented Martin O’Halloran, chief executive of
the HSA.

O’Halloran also urged farmers to follow the example set in
the construction industry, which has seen a substantial drop in fatal accidents
in recent years. He attributed this turn around to everyone “buying in” to
health and safety.