• The Health and Safety Authority have today begun a fortnight long intensive farm inspection campaign.

    Inspectors across the island will be visiting farms and ensuring that farmers are carrying out work at height safely.

    They will draw attention to information and guidance available from the HSA.

    Farming continues to be one of the most hazardous sectors to work in.

    Since the beginning of 2018 there have been 21 people killed due to farm accidents on the island of Ireland.

    Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector for Agriculture safety with the HSA says they are asking farmers to plan ahead and make sure that work at height is only carried out using the proper equipment and with protective measures in place.

  • Farmers are being told to take extra precautions to make sure they're safe.

    The Health and Safety Authority says farms are still one of the most challenging and dangerous workplaces in the world.

    It's holding a national conference in Carlow later today to promote safe farming.

    The Irish agriculture sector makes up 6 percent of the workforce but often accounts for up to 50 percent of workplace deaths.

    Senior Inspector with the HSA, Pat Griffin, says many farmers are under enormous pressure to produce goods which can lead to workplace complacency.

  • The body of a man who died in a work place accident yesterday in County Sligo will be laid to rest on Friday afternoon.

    Gerard Greene from Gortnagoyne, Dunmore, Co. Galway died while cutting down a tree.

    The accident occurred at Drumbaun, Curry at about 11.30 yesterday morning.

    Mr. Greene who was in his 30’s was fatally injured, and his body was removed to Sligo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    The Health & Safety Authority and the Gardai are investigating the circumstances of the fatal accident.

    The remains of Gerard Greene will repose at his residence tomorrow evening from 4pm until 9pm and again on Thursday from 4pm-9pm.

    Removal will take place on Friday to St. Patrick’s Church, Garrafrauns for funeral mass at 1 o’clock followed by burial in Addergoole cemetery.