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Cllr Greene calls on support for Farm Safety Week

Published: 6 July, 2015

Sinn Féin Cllr Sheamus Greene is calling on all members of the farming community to get behind the third annual Farm Safety Week - 6 to 10 July 2015.

A farmer himself, Cllr Greene says,

"The summer period is one of the busiest for farmers. There is the pressure to get the grass mowed and silage made - and that could be all in the space of a couple of days, with our weather.

"With added pressure it is easy to let attention slip slightly, or to take less precautions in order to get the job done quicker. However, it has never been more important to pay attention on the farm as in the North alone; there have been 100 confirmed farming deaths since the year 2000 to the end of May 2015.

"These deaths were caused from a range of farming accidents as a result of issues with things such as slurry, animals, falling from a height or equipment. But the really distressing point about these deaths is that the majority of them could have been prevented.

"Therefore each and every one of us should pay attention to this campaign run by the HSENI, which highlights themed practical advice and guidance for farmers. The theme changes each day and it encourages us to take five minutes to assess safety around particular routine jobs.

The Erne East Cllr explains,

"The daily farm safety themes for are as follows: Monday - Falls (from height), Tuesday - Machinery (for example, PTO shafts), Wednesday - Slurry, Thursday - Crush injuries, Friday - Child safety.

"Children are particularly vulnerable because of their immaturity, lack of awareness of risks, and inexperience. Consequently, last month the HSENI ran a separate, but related Child Safety on Farms Week campaign.

"However, whether young or old, experienced or inexperienced we need to take a few extra precautions when on the farm. One accidental farming injury or death is one too many. "ENDS