Newpark Hotel to host conference on farm safety

A conference to explore if changing behaviour could reduce farm injuries will take place in the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny on August 21.

A conference to explore if changing behaviour could reduce farm injuries will take place in the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny on August 21.

More people have lost their lives due to accidents on farms in Ireland so far in 2014 than in the whole of 2013. Seventeen people have been killed to date this year, including three children in recent weeks. Hundreds more have also suffered injuries.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), whose members will attend the half day conference, has said behavioural change could help farmers in Ireland prevent deaths or serious injuries on their land.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the Farm Safety Partnership and Teagasc will jointly host the conference. A range of guest speakers will give their insight on a variety of topics, including the impact of a farm tragedy, how to learn from farm accident investigations and new perspectives on improving farm safety and health.