It seems that workplaces in Ireland have become much safer places in which to operate, with a new report from the Health and Safety Authority revealing they had experienced a 21 per cent drop in workplace deaths in 2016 compared to the year previous.
It was found that across all sectors, accidents involving vehicles of some kind made up almost half of all the fatalities seen last year. The number of fishing-related deaths fell to three from five, while the transportation and storage sector saw just one fatality last year compared to four in 2015.
Construction deaths, meanwhile, fell to nine in 2016, down from 11 in 2015. However, those involved in the agriculture sector may wish to note that farm deaths are still high, with 21 in 2016 compared to 18 the year before.
Chief executive of the organisation Martin O'Halloran said: "It is clear that there is a systemic problem with safety on our farms. For the last seven years, the agriculture sector has recorded the highest number of fatalities. Safety must become an integral part of farming culture, rather than an afterthought."
Pat Breen, Minister for Employment and small business, recently went on a farm safety walk in Co. Clare and spoke of his concern at the steep increase in fatal accidents on farms that has recently been witnessed. He observed that no other sector in the country is experiencing this level of fatal accidents and he called on farmers to consider the risks they face in the jobs they undertake in order to work out a plan to manage certain hazards before work begins.
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