FarmSafe Awareness: A Family Affair

12th June 2013

To promote FarmSafe Awareness at the recent Balmoral Show, the Countryside Agri Rural Partnership offered those attending the opportunity to win a new PTO guard sponsored by the NI Rural Development Council. 

The competition created a lot of interest and discussion around safety on the farm.  The lucky winner Sarah Calderwood from Rasharkin is pictured with Teresa Canavan, Deputy Chief Executive of the Rural Development Council and Sarah’s nephew Tom & niece Olivia. 

Sarah said “We are delighted to have won this prize which we can use on the farm, safety on the farm is so important for all the family and we support the stop and think campaign.” 

Many of the fatal accidents on Northern Ireland farms involve the operation of machinery. Power take-off shafts (PTO) have been involved in many of these fatal injuries.  Machinery such as slurry pumps and slurry tankers present the greatest risk to users.  Most farmers know someone who has had a close shave with a PTO shaft and unfortunately many will know of someone who has been killed or lost a limb as a result of becoming entangled on an unguarded PTO shaft.

Teresa Canavan said “FarmSafe Awareness sessions, offer practical training on a Focus Farm covering the everyday hazards faced by farmers and farming families. Topics include: Working at Height; Slurry Risks; Handling Livestock; and Working with Machinery.  Registrations can be accepted on a group or individual basis and sessions will run once a minimum of 10 people are registered for one FarmSafe Awareness course.  A light lunch is provided and sessions can run during week days or on Saturdays as demands request.  We would encourage all farm families to attend.”

To book a workshop please contact Dawn on 0845 026 7536 or visit for participating Focus Farms