Cathal O’Sullivan from Co Cork was the overall winner of the ABP farm safety award at the 2020 BT Young Scientist exhibition with his project titled ‘Preventing machine accidents with warning systems’.
The student from Beara Community School in Castletown-Bearhaven designed a device that alerts users when they are in close proximity to spinning machine parts, preventing them from accidentally coming into contact with them.
The judges were impressed with his innovative and forward-thinking project that could help to prevent accidental injuries and deaths from farm machinery.
ABP Food Group has sponsored the farm safety category of the exhibition for seven consecutive years.
ABP livestock strategy manager Annie Graham said: “On behalf of everyone in ABP, I would like to congratulate Cathal O’Sullivan on his successful award submission.
“His innovative project embodies the spirit of this award, finding new solutions to make our farms safer.
"We would also like to thank all of the entrants for their submissions and for their role in helping to increase awareness around this very important issue.”
There were 19 fatal incidents on farms in 2020, with three of these being children under the age of 18, while nine were farmers aged 65 or older.