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Farm accidents must be prevented: Ferris

29 January, 2015 - by Martin Ferris TD

Speaking at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture today, Sinn Féin’s Martin Ferris TD expressed concern at cutbacks to the Health and Safety Authority, despite the rise in fatal farm accidents.

Deputy Ferris said:

“The tragedy of farm accidents was brought home to us again last week with the death of Johnny Ryan, the father of the Kilkenny hurling captain, Lester .

“There were 30 fatalities in farming in the past 12 months. This is unacceptable.”

“There has been a 24% reduction in staffing and a 26% reduction in budget for the Health and Safety Authority.

“This committee, the Department and the Health and Safety Authority have to work together to make farms safer. Educational programmes to prevent accidents are an essential prevention which of course should be the aim, instead of witnessing the tragedies we did this year, and the death of 22 children between 2005 and 2014.

“Learning best practice from other jurisdictions is also desirable, but these essential objectives will not be met while the HSA is being cut back.”

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