Over 25% of farmers don’t take safety precautions

Over a quarter of farmers aren’t taking basic safety precautions, according to a new study.

A report by the ESRI in conjunction with the Health and Safety Authority shows 27 per cent take risks by going ahead with risk jobs on the farm, rather than calling in help from others.

26 per cent of farmers don’t wear standard safety gear like high-vis vests or ear defenders while working.

One of the Authors of the report Dorothy Watson of the ESRI outlines how and why the research was carried out:

Chief executive of the HSA Mark O’Halloran says many farmers are aware of safety protocols but don’t follow them on their own farms: