Farmers over 65 Years

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Accidents involving farmers over 55 years of age often account for 55% of farm deaths. In an effort to reverse this trend, and focus attention on age as a risk factor, the HSA and the IFA have jointly produced videos entitled “Older, Wiser, Safer – A Practical Guide to Safety for Older Farmers.

In this video, James talks about the loss of his father to a bull attack.

Precautions

  • Older farmers should be aware that ageing affects mobility, eyesight and balance
  • Examine work practices where older farmers are involved.
  • Older farmers need to be reminded of the dangers (particularly tractors, machinery, livestock and accessing heights)
  • Make sure that the older farmer is physically fit to carry out the work at hand
  • They should seek help when it is needed to complete the necessary work on the farm
  • Particular care is needed when older farmers are present when work is in progress
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Fatal Accidents

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35% of the fatal accidents on farms over the last ten years involved persons 65 years of age or older. The majority of these fatal accidents were caused by tractors/machinery, livestock and falls from height.

In this video, James talks about the loss of his father to a bull attack (5 minutes, 47 seconds).

Information on issues related to ageing and older people can also be obtained from Age Action Ireland. This is a national organisation for ageing and older people. 

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