Agriculture and Forestry

  • 2013

    Staying Fit for Farming

    The National Centre for Men’s Health, Institute of Technology Carlow was commissioned to write this booklet.

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  • 2013

    Only a Giant Can Lift a Bull

    This book is a celebration of life on farms in Ireland, through the eyes and words of children. They tell us that farms are great places to live and grow up on. They also tell us how fragile life on the farm can be for children and adults alike, when chances are taken and safety is compromised.

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  • 2011

    Safe Handling of Cattle on Farms Information Sheet

    This information sheet gives advice on the safe handling of cattle on farms. Dangerous situations involving cattle are almost entirely avoidable – you or a family member needn’t become a ‘statistic’.

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  • 2011

    Safe Handling of Cattle on Farms

    Any work with cattle involves some level of risk. This publication has been prepared to provide general advice and guidance to all persons handling cattle on farms.

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  • 2010

    Cattle Handling in Marts and Lairages Information Sheet

    Livestock marts and the lairages of abattoirs present a unique set of health and safety risks. There have been many accidents and large numbers of ‘safety incidents’, some of these accidents have been fatal. This simple guidance is for everyone in marts and lairages, whether workers or farmers. This leaflet is a summary of the “Guidance on Safe Operation of Marts and Lairages” also available from this website.

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  • 2010

    Guidance on the Safe Handling of Livestock at Marts and Lairages

    Livestock marts and the lairages of abattoirs present a unique set of health and safety risks as there are large numbers of animals present in unfamiliar surroundings. The purpose of this guidance is to focus on safe systems of work where large numbers of cattle are handled in places that are unfamiliar to them.

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  • 2010

    Tractor Safety and You

    Accidents involving tractors and machinery result in far more deaths and severe injuries than other farm accidents – crushed, entrapped, entangled, deep cuts, amputation, paraplegia, death. You have no chance against the weight and power of the tractor or machine. Take action to prevent accidents with tractors and machinery.

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  • 2010

    Code of Practice on Preventing Accidents to Children and Young Persons in Agriculture

    Because farms are homes as well as workplaces, there are frequently children and young persons in this high-risk environment, either in the family or as visitors. This means children and young persons are at risk of death or injury on farms. This Code of Practice applies only to on-farm work activities and their potential impact on children and young persons.

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  • 2010

    Guidelines for safe working near overhead electricity lines in Agriculture

    Overhead power lines on Irish farms pose a serious risk to farmers, contractors and anyone in the vicinity of high machinery passing close to these lines. Several people have been killed and many more injured as a result of making contact, or near contact, with overhead electricity lines during agricultural work. Machinery (such as forage harvesters, combine harvesters and tipping trailers), equipment (such as ladders) and activities (such as stacking) are often involved. Many ‘near misses’ also arise that are not reported and where no one is injured. Everyone working in agriculture should know, understand and follow safe procedures when working near overhead electricity lines.

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  • 2009

    Code of Practice for Managing Safety and Health in Forestry Operations

    This Code of Practice provides practical guidance on observing the legislation in relation to forestry operations. It came into operation on December 1st 2009 and replaces the Code of Practice for Managing Safety and Health in Forestry Operations which was issued by the Health and Safety Authority in May 2003.

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