Farm safety is still the biggest challenge facing those charged with reducing tragic workplace accidents in Northern Ireland.
Figures from the Health and Safety Executive in Northern Ireland (HSENI) show there were 19 industrial accident fatalities last year, of which farming incidents accounted for 11.
In 2011, meanwhile, there were nine farm fatalities from a total of 18 workplace deaths.
As a result, the HSENI is focussing much of its attention and resources on farm safety in an effort to reduce the death toll.
A Farm Safety Partnership was established in May last year to increase awareness of farm safety and cut the number of work related fatalities on farms across the country.
It advises farmers to Stop and Think SAFE before starting any farm job – Slurry, Animals, Fall and Equipment.
An increasing trend in work-related farm fatalities in recent years has resulted in a growing number of compensation claims for fatal accidents.
Losing a loved one is devastating experience for any family, but seeking compensation if their death was someone else’s fault can help bring something a sense of justice.
However, going through the process of claiming is probably the last thing on your mind when you are coping with bereavement.
This is where Accident Advice Helpline comes in. It offers professional advice and assistance to help you start putting your life back together.
The HSENI report also highlights the success of two public awareness campaigns that focused on gas safety.
One aims to raise awareness of carbon monoxide, while the other intends to encourage the use of registered gas installers.
There has also been a sharp fall in major injuries, with reports down 17% on the previous year and down almost 30% since 2008/09, while all reportable
work-related injuries were down once again.
“I am satisfied with our record for the year,” said George Lucas, of the HSENI’s Farm Safety Partnership.
“However, the continuing high level of deaths, particularly among the farming community, illustrates the need for HSENI to be constantly innovative and challenging.”
Date Published: September 12, 2013
Author: David Brown