HSA say prevention and enforcement key to cutting farm deaths

The Health and Safety authority says a combination of prevention and enforcement will help stop work related deaths.

Last year, 46 people died in the workplace – that’s down by 9 on the 2015 figure.

Farming remains the most high risk sector – in March, a man in his 50’s died after sustaining head injuries on a farmland in County Roscommon, while there was also a farm related fatality in Longford in 2016.

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Nationally 20 people lost their lives on farms, while the construction sector had the second highest number of work related deaths with nine such cases.

Chief executive of the HSA, Martin O’ Halloran says that unfortunately, the same factors are frequently responsible for deaths on farms…