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Devon and Cornwall farmers given health and safety lessons

20th February 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Over 100 farmers throughout Devon and Cornwall have participated in a number of practical workshops, which aim to lower injuries in the agriculture industry.

Duchy College and Lantra-approved trainers have conducted sessions focused on working at height, manual handling, safe use of farm machinery and electrocution among other topics.

These lessons may convince some firms to adopt new safety signage, with practical demonstrations forming a key part of the tuition.

Philip Wilson, business development manager at Cornish Mutual, which is sponsoring the lessons, said: "These events have also been a good opportunity for our farming members to catch up with each other and share their industry knowledge and experience."

The dangers involved with farming have been stressed in an Independent.ie report, which revealed figures from the Health and Safety Authority, showing that there were 21 farm deaths on rural holdings during 2011 in Ireland.

Farmers accounted for 39 per cent of all workplace fatalities in the country last year.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801296736-ADNFCR

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