Senator Thomas Byrne has called on all Meath farmers to be extra vigilant in terms of health and safety on their farms in 2012.
The Fianna Fáil politician was responding to recent statistics showing that 30 people died on Irish farms in 2011 which accounted for half of all workplace deaths despite agriculture accounting for only 6% of the economy.
‘You are ten times more likely to die as a result of an accident on a farm than in other professions and everyone needs to be safety aware’ said Senator Byrne.
‘Greater health and safety awareness is require for farmers of all different types and I am calling on the Department of Agriculture and the Irish Farmers Association to ensure that full health and safety training is provided to farmers and their families’ added Senator Byrne.
‘This is an issue that affects many rural families and everyone needs to work together to ensure that deaths and accidents are minimised’ concluded Senator Byrne.