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FarmSafe Awareness: Putting Safety First

28th March 2013

FarmSafe Awareness is an industry generated initiative designed specifically for the Northern Ireland farming community.  It is delivered locally on 37 participating Focus Farms by a network of dedicated farm facilitators with the primary purpose of reducing farm accidents and fatalities.

FarmSafe Awareness combines practical guidance with real life farm experiences.

Co Fermanagh farmers’ daughter, Yvonne Breen commented on attending a FarmSafe Awareness event at Thomas Steele’s Focus Farm, Kircubbin, “FarmSafe understands the demands and pressures that are experienced within the sector.  It offers a very practical approach to delivering key safety messages.  I would urge all farm family members to avail of this opportunity and attend a session.  I believe it is time well spent and I will certainly take home the importance of stop and think, this simple action can save lives”.

The Farm Safety Partnership was established in May 2012 specifically to address the poor record of health and safety within the agriculture industry across Northern Ireland as exemplified by the unacceptable numbers of farmers losing their lives as result of workplace accidents over recent years. 

The Farm Safety Partnership is made up of 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.

FarmSafe Awareness is delivered on farms through the Focus Farm Centre.  It is funded under Axis 1 of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme, part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and DARD.

Teresa Canavan on behalf of the Countryside Agri-Rural Partnership added:- “FarmSafe is targeted at the whole farm family, to mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and the wider farm family circle.  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 hope that all farmers and their families seeing this message of safety would register to attend.”

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