HSA – National Farm Safety Conference

October 20, 2017
HSA – National Farm Safety Conference

Sadly farm deaths and accidents have spiked again in 2017.  The inevitable pressures faced by all those working in the farming sector means that safety issues can be bypassed in the rush to get things done. This Conference will look at areas of particular concern and describe new approaches to the health and safety of…

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Ploughing 2017

September 19, 2017
Ploughing 2017

Attending the first day of this years Ploughing Championships was a wise decision, it was a fine day with the rain staying away for the crowd of around 112,500. Helping out at the Safety Village I saw huge crowds taking an avid interest in the activity in the safety demonstration arena. The dramatic demonstration featuring…

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Road Traffic Bill 2017

September 15, 2017
Road Traffic Bill 2017

Tom Murphy (on behalf of PAC Ireland) was invited to attend a meeting at the Department of Transport to discuss proposed amendments to legislation contained in the Road Traffic Bill, 2017, which was published during the Summer.  This Bill ensures that those who are found to be driving with levels of alcohol which are known…

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Agricultural Land Drainage

September 7, 2017
Agricultural Land Drainage

Teagasc is again running a land drainage training course from 26th September to 8th November.  Teagasc ConnectEd will deliver the QQI Level 6 course in Agricultural Land Drainage, Theory and Design beginning 26th September 2017. The course will be delivered over 4 x 2 day blocks at various locations across Ireland.  The purpose of this…

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Theft of Agricultural Machinery

September 2, 2017
Theft of Agricultural Machinery

Gardaí are warning farmers and agricultural contractors to be on their guard and to take appropriate security measures after a recent spate of agri machinery thefts. Gardaí frequently find when thefts are reported the owner doesn’t have important information easily to hand. The more information you can give the more chance there is of recovering your property. Gardaí…

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Inventions at the Tullamore Show

August 25, 2017
Inventions at the Tullamore Show

There was a substantial prize fund of €2,500 for the Inventions Competition at this year’s Tullamore Show.  Judges were impressed with Jack Nagle (15) who won both the Inventions in Agriculture and Student Inventions categories for his Tractor Safe Lock idea. The Safe Lock automatically applies a tractors handbrake when the driver leaves the seat….

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NC Engineering – Trailer Alert

August 13, 2017
NC Engineering – Trailer Alert

NC Engineering (Hamiltonsbawn) Ltd has issued an urgent warning following a fatal accident involving their Power Tilt Dump Trailer (NC300 Series).  The incident involved the tail door section of the trailer.  NC Engineering warn that on trailers manufactured prior to 2007 a door mechanism, which is not freely movable or is damaged, must be replaced…

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Farm Safety Week 2017

July 24, 2017
Farm Safety Week 2017

Running from 24-28 July, Farm Safety Week has an important message  – Farm Safety is a Lifestyle, not a Slogan and like last year the campaign will focus on a different risk each day, (see below).  There are a number of initiatives planned during the week including three farm safety demonstrations at marts in Co. Meath, Co….

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Launch of the Revised Farming Code of Practice

June 30, 2017
Launch of the Revised Farming Code of Practice

Representing agricultural contractors and as a long standing member of the Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee, Tom Murphy attended the launch of the Revised Code of Practice for Preventing Injury and Occupational Ill Health in Agriculture. This took place on 28th June at Teagasc, Oakpark, Co. Carlow during the Crops and Cultivation Event.  The revised…

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Remembrance Service

June 26, 2017
Remembrance Service

PAC Chairman, Michael Sheehan represented PAC Ireland at the annual Embrace FARM Accident Remembrance Service on Sunday 25th June, at the Church of the Holy Rosary in Abbeyleix, Portaloise. Also attending was Minster for Agriculture, Michael Creed, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flannigan and Minister responsible for Workplace Safety, Pat Breen.  Mairead McGuinness, MEP and…

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