Farming continues to be the most dangerous sector in which to work. So far this year, 12 people have lost their lives in work-related accidents on farms. Over the five-year period between 2011 and 2015, 106 people were killed on farms and many thousands more seriously injured.
As farmers, it is our responsibility to encourage each other to prioritise safety and health on our farms. The vast majority of accidents on our farms are preventable. We must put safety at the centre of our activities and take just a little bit of time during each task to think about what we are doing.
Half-Day Farm Safety Course
To improve awareness of the importance of prioritising Farm Health and Safety, Teagasc is providing half-day training courses during October. The course will review health and safety statistics to identify the areas known to cause most farm accidents. Course participants will also have an opportunity to review health and safety legislation to ensure each participant is aware of their responsibilities in this area and they will get assistance with completing or updating their risk assessment document.
The courses cost €30 and are open to Teagasc clients and non-clients. Contact your local Teagasc office for further information.
All TAMS applicants must have completed either a half-day Farm Safety Code of Practice Course (given by Teagasc or other trained persons), or the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Green Certificate) within the last five years prior to submission of a payment claim.
Your claim for payment will not be processed until evidence of completion of the course is provided.