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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Male airlifted to hospital after incident with combine harvester

A male was airlifted to hospital in Sandhutton in the UK yesterday (Thursday, July 22nd) after an incident involving a combine harvester.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue attended the scene shortly at approximately 1:30 pm.

Incident with combine

In a statement, a spokesperson said:

“Crew were mobilised to a report of a male stuck in a combine harvester by his arm.”

“Crew extricated the male and handed them into the care of the air ambulance crews. Line rescue, HGV platforms and lone board used.”

Male stuck inside overturned telehandler

The crew also rescued a male that was stuck inside an overturned telehandler. According to firefighters, the machine had left the road and had overturned in a field.

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In a statement, a spokesperson for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said:

“The driver was not physically trapped, and fire crews were able to help them out using crew power. They were handed over to the ambulance crew for a precautionary check.”

Farm Safety Week

Farmers across Ireland and the UK are being urged to ‘rethink safety’ as part of this year’s Farm Safety Week.

The Irish Farmers’ Association and Yellow Wellies UK lead the annual initiative, which is now in its ninth year.

This year, bodies aim to encourage a deeper awareness of everyday risks on farms and the practical steps needed to reduce risk.

This year’s Farm Safety Week features a video testimonial from farm accident survivor Eileen O’Driscoll.

Her accident happened on Mother’s Day of that year when Eileen and her husband were checking their suckler herd.

The video also features first responders who discuss the challenge of coming to the aid of somebody who has had an accident.

‘Farming does not have to be a dangerous occupation’

Minister of State with special responsibility for Farm Safety at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Heydon, TD, has said that behaviour change is what is required to prevent many farm accidents.

He said we “must stop taking chances, stop the old habits and stop condoning bad practice”.

“While there are many risks in farming, farming does not have to be a dangerous occupation. It is a case of being aware of the risks and taking the time to do what is necessary to minimise them.”

You can read more on this.

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