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Possible prosecution for farmers neglecting health and safety

20th May 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

Farmers in Ireland who neglect to take the right safety precautions could lose their grants or even face prosecutions, it has been revealed.

According to the Irish Times, minister for labour affairs Dara Calleary wants to clamp down on the number of farm deaths, many of which could be prevented by a tighter focus on following the right health and safety requirements.

A national round of inspections were recently ordered which resulted in close to 300 farms being paid a visit in a two-week period, with only 65 per cent of these found to be meeting their legal requirements.

The minister told the publication: "When the current review going on into the issue is concluded we may have to consider much stricter action against those failing to comply with the law."

Among the other options open to punish farmers failing to comply with safety procedures, which includes utilising safety signs, are on-the-spot fines and the withholding of direct payments.

The Health and Safety Executive stated earlier this year that agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries to work in as it accounts for approximately 20 per cent of work-related deaths each year.

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