Farm with care

 

 

 

 

 

Farming continues to be the most dangerous sector in which to work. Dealing with machinery, livestock, electricity, chemicals and slurry, to name but a few, poses a high level of risk.

  So far this year 15 people have lost their lives on farms in work-related accidents. Farmers must do their best to farm with care and to encourage each other to consciously prioritise safety and health. The vast majority of accidents on farms are preventable.

Half-Day Farm Safety Course

To improve awareness on the importance of prioritising farm safety and health, Teagasc are providing half-day training courses in November. The course will review health and safety statistics to identify the areas known to cause farm accidents.

  Course participants will also be able to review health and safety legislation to ensure each participant is aware of their responsibilities in this area.

  Participants will receive the new, updated Risk Assessment document. Advice on best procedures to follow when completing this document will be given at the course. The course fee is €30 and places are open to Teagasc clients and non-clients. Contact your local Teagasc office for further information.

TAMS 11

All TAMS applicants must have completed a half-day Farm Safety Code of Practice course (provided by Teagasc or other trained persons) or the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Green Cert) within the last five years prior to submission of a payment claim.

  Your claim for payment under TAMS 11 will not be processed until evidence of course completion is provided.

  Teagasc provides a local advisory and education services to farmers. They have an office based in Roscommon, which can be contacted on 090-6626166. Their Longford branch can be reached by calling 043-3341021 and the Castlerea office can be contacted by calling 094-9620160. For more information visit www.facebook.com/Teagascroscommonlongford/.