A man has been hospitalised following an incident involving an animal at Drumshanbo Mart in Co Leitrim.
The incident, which reportedly involved a bull, occurred at its weekly general cattle sale on Friday evening (September 17th, 2021).
Incident at Drumshanbo Mart
In a statement to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:
“I refer to your query and can confirm a member of staff at a mart in Drumshambo was injured by an animal yesterday evening, Friday, September 17th, 2021, at approximately 6 p.m.”
“One man (early 50s) received injuries and was removed to Sligo University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”
“Investigations are ongoing. The HAS has been notified,” the spokesperson added.
Farm Safety Action Plan
Last month, the Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (FSPAC) has published its latest action plan for 2021-2024.
The FSPAC, an advisory committee to the HSA board, is tasked with improving occupational health and safety in the sector.
Over the past decade, more people died in agriculture compared with any other economic sector.
The new Farm Safety Action Plan aims to reduce the level of fatalities, serious injuries, and ill-health in the agriculture sector.
The FSPAC has identified five critical areas for attention:
- Behaviour, education and training;
- Health and vulnerable persons;
- Tractor, high-risk machinery;
- Livestock handling;
- Buildings, work at height.
Cork & Kerry have the highest number of farm deaths
The HSA also published its Review of Work-Related Deaths in Agriculture in Ireland 2011-2020.
According to the report, of the 495 work-related fatalities in Ireland during 2011-2020, 208 occurred in agriculture. 51% of the worker victims were 65 years or older; 21 were under 18.
Agriculture is a high-risk industry, where most are self-employed and predominantly work alone.
Workers are potentially exposed to many dangers, such as;
- Large animals;
- Heavy machinery;
- Liquids such as slurry and gas-emitting materials.