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.

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