Today marks the start of Farm Safety Week, which aims to reduce the numbers of accidents on farms 

The initiative, which was started by the Irish Farmers Association six years ago, also looks to bring about change to allow better safety procedures.

Farming continues to have one of the poorest safety records of any sector in Ireland. 

Last year, 24 people lost their lives in farm accidents and 11 people have lost their lives so far in 2018.

Reacting to these figures, IFA President Joe Healy said: "The statistics are stark but statistics don't tell the whole story.

"They don't tell you about the devastating impact a farm fatality has on families and communities. They don't tell you the impact a farm accident can have on the rest of your life, on your ability to run the farm.

This year the campaign is taking a slightly different approach as it shifts its focus from agriculture's poor safety record and stories of things going wrong.

Instead, this year’s initiative will start talking about when things go right, sharing good practice and demonstrating what 'good' looks like.

Mr. Healy says the organisation is trying to create an awareness of the dangers on farms.


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