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Agribusiness | Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Rural Sociology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Work, Economy and Organizations
While the Irish agricultural sector accounts for just 6% of the working population of Ireland, it consistently has the highest proportion of fatal incidents of any sector - generally ranging from between 35% and 45% of all workplace fatalities in any given year. This was again evident in 2014 where 55% (30 of the 56) of the fatal workplace incidents were in the agricultural sector. Agriculture has an ageing workforce with the average age of an Irish farmer now standing at fifty-seven and farmers are eight times more likely to be fatally injured in a farm accident than the general working population. Interviews were conducted with farmers and farm safety advisory bodies. The findings from this research show that a mentoring system needs to be established to advise farmers on best practice. This needs to be modelled on 3 main pillars – individual farm visits, courses in safe farming and group farm walks. Live testimonials from farmers who have been involved in farming accidents also need to be incorporated into all farm safety talks and demonstrations. These need to show farmers the physical, emotional and financial consequences of a farming accident. These farm accident victims should attend individual farm visits, courses in safe farming and group farm walks. Practical workshops need to be set up so farmers learn specific skills appropriate to their farming situation. Lecture-based teaching where farmers sit and listen about safe farming practices should be avoided as farmers like to learn by doing. Farm advisory bodies need to explain to older farmers that they should respect the limitations on what they can do on a farm. The media used to promote this safe farming message should be age-appropriate.
Murphy, Maurice and O'Connell, Kieran, "Farm Deaths and Injuries: Changing Irish Farmer Attitudes and Behaviour on Farm Safety" (2017). Dept. of Management & Enterprise Conference Material [online].
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