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Farm Safety Focus for Tullamore Show

   05 Aug 2015

FRS Training (Farm Relief Services), FBD and the HSA (Health and Safety Authority) have joined their strengths together to bring practical interactive farm safety demonstrations to the forefront of this year’s Tullamore Show.

The organisations will be demonstrating four of the main farm hazard areas in an interactive and engaging way to stress the everyday dangers and show farming families how safety can be improved down on the farm. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, will visit the event.
In 2014, thirty people died on Irish farms. That number accounts for 54% of all workplace deaths in Ireland. In the first five months of 2015, five people died on farms versus 12 in the same period in 2014. Around 2,500 non-fatal accidents causing injury occur on farms annually. FRS Training, the HSA and FBD are very proactive when it comes to bringing public awareness to farm safety and strives to change these figures by once again bringing live demonstrations to this national event.

Jim Dockery from FRS Training said “we encourage farmers to ‘Farm Safely & Responsibly’. This involves training themselves, their staff and their families through the many health and safety courses and demonstrations FRS provide. At the Tullamore Show we will demonstrate the consequences of poor farm safety practices and demonstrate the simple practical changes that can be made to achieve good farm safety practices.”

Ciaran Roche from FBD said “since launching our Farm Safety Champions for Change campaign in February with the distribution of farm safety packs and signage nationwide, we have more recently created a digital platform that prompts people to show their commitment for change by signing up on www.championsforchange.ie and becoming part of a movement dedicated to changing the culture towards safety on the farm.”

Pat Griffin from the HSA said “events like these are important to bring farm safety to the fore in an engaging way and to give people practical advice to remember and implement on their return to the farm.”

Preparations are currently underway for the Tullamore Show which is taking place on August 9thso be sure to head along to the Farm Safety Demonstration stand on the day. There will be plenty of practical demonstrations ongoing, including safe handling of bulls and livestock, Tractor PTO demos, as well as some excellent General Farm Safety advice. These live demonstrations have proven to entice the crowds over the years and this year will prove no different.

On the run up to the show, FRS is giving away a set of tickets to the Tullamore Show. To be in with a chance of winning a set of these tickets visit www.facebook.com/FRSnetwork Like, Share and Tag two friends on the post to be entered into the draw.