Teagasc is hosting a half-day farm safety event for farmers and their families on Friday 14 February at Mountbellew Agricultural College, Galway. The event will run from 2pm to 5pm.

Peter Gohery, a local farm accident survivor, will be present at the event to explain the consequences of his accident.

There will also be talks from An Garda Síochana and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).


Farm Relief Services will demonstrate chainsaw and quad safety. Teagasc and Mountbellew College staff will mount demonstrations on slurry and animal handling, including TAMS II grants and machinery.

Alma Jordan of Agrikids will be present to promote childhood safety.

Teagasc adviser and event organiser Glen Corbett said: “As the average age of an Irish farmer is about 57 years, there is a need for farmers to adapt their farms and work practices for safety.

"HSA data shows that about 72% of the deaths among Irish farmers were in the over-60 age group in 2019 (13 out of 18). We would welcome farmers of all ages to attend on Friday.”

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