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Experts urge for quad bike safety among farmers

24th July 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health's (IOSH) North Wales Branch has urged for farmers to prioritise quad bike and tractor safety.

Its Working Safely in Rural Industries event at Glynllifon explained how recent bad weather has increased risks to individuals in the industry, while ongoing financial pressures have also made safety even more important.

Richie Owen, a representative for the event, said: "It presents a challenge for regulators, as fatalities continue to be mainly in the hard-to-reach family and small-farm sector, and tend to involve farmers over the age of 45."

Mr Owen continued by saying that there are serious injuries that occur in agriculture that do not result in death, which also need to be stopped.

Northern Ireland has also taken action to combat farming injuries, introducing the Farm Safety Partnership.

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) are all working together on the project.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801413726-ADNFCR


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