Excellent turnout for FarmSafe Awareness Campaign in Rouskey
13th June 2013
There was an excellent turnout of farm family members from the Mid Tyrone area for the recent FarmSafe Awareness evening, hosted in Rouskey Community centre. The FarmSafe Awarness Trainer in attendance was Mary McCormick, from Creggan in Co Tyrone. To date over 600 people have attended FarmSafe Awareness events, held across Northern Ireland, which have been designed to make representatives from farm families more aware of the dangers associated with modern farming practises and how these can be avoided.
“The aim of the FarmSafe Awareness Campaign is to target all farm family members as a means of reducing the alarming accident rate on local farms,” Mary explained.
Her presentation highlighted the four main four priority risks of Slurry, Animals, Falls and Equipment, which can be encapsulated in the acronym SAFE.
Mary further explained:
“The Programme has been designed to highlight the need for farmers to think SAFE at all times.
Significantly, the Farm Safety Partnership has joined forces with the Focus Farms’ Centre to make the Farm Safe Awareness Programme possible. This crucially important initiative has been designed to attract 3,000 participating farmers and family members from across Northern Ireland – up to 31st March 2014.
The programme is being delivered by 37 Focus Farmers, in tandem with specifically trained Health & Safety Instructors, and has been structured to allow them to host a specifically developed practical, farm safety demonstration and seminar -which will include a farm tour – designed to highlight all of the key safety issues that have a direct bearing on farm businesses here in Northern Ireland.
Alternatively, the FarmSafe Awareness events can be held in a range of venues, used by communities right across Northern Ireland. Each event is very practical in nature and will serve to primarily encourage farmers to ‘stop’ and ‘think’ safe as they go about their day-to-day activities.
It is vitally important that at least one member of a farming family attends an upcoming visit. They have been designed to graphically highlight the consequences of a serious on-farm accident, both in terms of the problems caused for the business and the ensuing family trauma.
But more than that, they will serve to encourage farmers to take that extra 30 seconds to work through the safety implications associated with every farming-related activity.”
The Farm Safety Partnership members include representatives from the Health and Safety Executive (an agency of the Department of Enterprise and Trade and Investment), Ulster Farmers Union, NFU Mutual, NIAPA and the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster. It was launched last autumn.
The Focus Farm Programme is part of the broader Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme and is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).
For information enquiries o the FarmSafe Awareness campaign, please contact the Focus Farm Centre at 0845 026 7536, or through the website at www.countrysiderural.co.uk