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More safety signs on farms ahead of roads needed?

28th May 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

More safety signs may be needed in farms rather than on roads based on a new study by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The Farmers Guardian reports on the research which suggests that one in five work-related deaths each year occur in the agriculture sector, despite only 1.5 per cent of the population working in the industry.

This has led to the HSE launching the next phase of its 'Make the promise. Come home safe' campaign, which has already seen 29,000 farmers sign up.

According to the publication, the HSE's head of agriculture Graeme Walker said: "Everyone is aware of how common deaths from car accidents are as floral tributes by the roadside are something we tend to see most days, but the fact that male agriculture workers are more likely to die going about their work than in a car on the roads, is likely to shock most people."

He added that it could take "a number of years" to fully highlight to farmers to consider the consequence of their actions when not following the right safety procedures at work.

The Irish Times recently reported that farmers failing to follow the right health and safety procedures in the country could face prosecutions or lose their grants.

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