Two hundred places are on offer for farmers across Northern Ireland to attend a free farm safety workshop next month.

The workshop is organised by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) and supported by the Farm Safety Partnership. It will be held at Ballymena Livestock Market, on Monday 11 March 2013

Farmers are urged to attend and help combat the high death toll on local farms, which saw 2012 end with 12 farm fatalities in Northern Ireland. The workshop will feature practical demonstrations by qualified instructors from the farming industry on some of the most common accidents that can take place on farms. The focus will be on reminding farmers to “STOP and THINK SAFE” about the four main dangers – Slurry, Animals, Falls and Equipment (SAFE).

The workshop will run for two hours and will cover topics such as:

  • PTO guarding;
  • tractor maintenance;
  • livestock handling;
  • slurry safety;
  • working safely at heights;
  • child safety; and
  • telescopic handlers and quads.

Speaking prior to the event, Head of the HSENI Farm Safety Team Malcolm Downey said, “This workshop offers local farmers a great opportunity to get free expert advice and instruction on how to safely carry out many tasks on their farms. We all know that farming is a dangerous profession, but accidents on farms are not inevitable – they are avoidable. It doesn't need to cost a lot to introduce an effective culture of safety on a farm – just a little bit more time and care to consider the potential dangers.”

Booking is essential, so to reserve your place please contact Martina Kennedy at theĀ HSENI on: 028 9024 3249 or email: martina.kennedy@hseni.gov.uk.