At the National Ploughing championship Michael Creed TD the Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine presented farm safely awards to three Ag Science students who won the ESB Networks farm safely national competition.
These bright students were Padraig Keating, Powerstown, Castleview, Clonmel and Ag student at University College Dublin, Eoin Gregory, Dunleer, Co. Louth a student at the Teagasc Agricultural College in Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan and David Kennedy, Lisnagry, Co. Limerick a student at the Salesian Agricultural College in Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick.
All these students had written an excellent essay on farming safely with electricity. They were congratulated on the ESB stand by Gerry Mooney, Safety Manager and Senan Colleran, Customer Services Manager, ESB Networks along with Sean Finan, Macra National President.
ESB Networks have an excellent record in reducing electrical accidents on farm and over the last three years no fatalities have occurred on Irish farms. Their successful communications strategy has included the raising awareness of the danger of tall machinery working too close to overhead powerlines and the use of RCD’s (these cost only around €15) to prevent electrocution by faulty portable electrical equipment such as power washers.
Other VIP’s attending the presentation included Brian Rohan founder of Embrace Farm, Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector with the Health & Safety Authority, Peter Gohery, Health & Safety Consultant and a farm accident survivor himself, Maura Canning, Chairperson, IFA Family Farm & Social Affairs Committee and Jim Kirwan, former President of the Agricultural Consultants Association.