The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., launched the Teagasc Farm Safety Poster campaign, this summer. The A to Z Farm Safety Poster has been developed by Teagasc to tackle the number of deaths and serious injuries occurring on Irish farms. Eleven people have died in farm accidents already this year following 26 deaths in 2010.
The Safety Poster is the ‘brain child’ of Teagasc adviser Anthony O’Connor who recently received a Teagasc staff Innovation Award for its development. The Poster uses an attractive A to Z format to remind farmers of key ‘life-saving’ safety controls.
Speaking at the launch, Anthony O Connor said; “Farms can be dangerous places. I would like farmers to place the A to Z Farm Safety poster in a prominent place on their farm and spend a few minutes reviewing it before starting work every day – it could be a ‘life-saver’.”
At the launch, the Taoiseach commended Teagasc for its collaboration with the Health and Safety Authority on their national health and safety prevention initiative for the farming sector. The prevention initiative is strongly supported by farming organisations in association with the Health and Safety Authority’s Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee of which Teagasc is part.
The Taoiseach acknowledged the extensive work carried out by Teagasc staff for farming communities all over Ireland saying “I know that Teagasc Advisers work closely with farmers all over the country encouraging them to take health and safety actions on their farms.”
Speaking at the poster launch, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “We will be working with farmers over the autumn as part of this farm safety campaign to encourage farmers to be more vigilant and think “safety” on their farms. International research strongly indicates adopting ‘safe behaviour’ and ‘actively addressing health and safety risks’ are the keys to preventing injury. ‘The A to Z safety poster will assist farmers and their families to actively manage safety risks. “
Also speaking in Teagasc Athenry today, Martin O’Halloran, Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Authority, asked farmers at this busy time on farms to ‘ Make a Promise’ to act in a safe way so that they come home to their families without injury.