IFA Farm Safety Week kicks off today

Today is the beginning of the 6th annual Farm Safety Week.

The initiative is run by the IFA to highlight safety on farms and to reduce the chance of injury with this year’s message being ‘Your Health. Your Safety. Your Choice.’

24 people died in farming related incidents in 2017 and so far 11 have died this year which has spurred the IFA to appoint a Farm Health and Safety Executive.

The new executive will show farmers potential risks on farms with the hope that the knowledge will then be passed from farmer to farmer ensuring a shift in the way farming is done in Ireland.

The Agriculture sector has the highest rate of work place accidents in Ireland.

IFA Chairman for Donegal, Michael Chance says the change in farming practices is coming from the younger generations.