Health & Safety
Irish farms are the most dangerous workplaces in the country.
If you are reading this, you are one of the lucky ones. Over 20 farmers on average have lost there lives each year in the last decade. Many hundreds more have accidents that leave them permanently disabled or without use of vital limbs. Please see for the lastest statistics on Farm Satety.
Each farmer must look at his farm as a place where danger could potentially lurk at every corner.
Please visit the Health and Safety Authority website for advise on farm safety.
Some tips to be observed on your farm.
All machinery should be maintained in perfect motoring and working order. Special attention must be paid to brakes, indicators lights and brakes on trailers and the slurry spreader.
The PTO shafts are completely covered. Never were loose clothing or toggles around moving parts.
It is important to look after you the farmer and take rests from the farm. At quieter periods on the farm, take holidays or break as burnout is a real cause of concern.
Mental health is really important, if it is becoming as issue, please talk to someone close or click on one of the links below.
Special care must be taken with newly calved cows, bulls and other potentially dangerous livestock. Animals that are not used to being penned in are particularily dangerous, make sure holding facilities are safe and secure.
Please do not take unnessarary chances as the the losses are felt for more than a lifetime.
A farm is not a playground, please ensure that chrildren are safe.
Ensure you do a yearly safety check on you farm
ICMSA Head Office
John Feely House