Focus on Farm Safety this New Year

20 December 2017

As the new year fast approaches farm safety continues to be a top priority as new dates for farm safety workshops are announced.

A series of workshops have again been organised across Northern Ireland. These workshops target farmers, farm family members and farm workers. Hosted on farm, the free workshop offers practical awareness covering the everyday hazards faced by the farming industry.

The causes of injuries and fatalities on farm have largely remained the same over the years. Too often accidents happening on the farm are avoidable. These workshops seek to support the farming community in raising awareness, encouraging improvements and adoption of safer practices.

Each workshop offers a mix of real life stories, up to date information and a practical understanding of on farm risks, how to identify them and how to manage them. Workshops also introduce farmers to the new construction requirements and raise awareness of the ‘Making it Safer’ tool, a key requirement for the new Farm Business Improvement Scheme (FBIS).

On-farm workshops are scheduled to take place as follows with each workshop commencing at 7pm:

Tuesday 16th January, Ballycastle
Tuesday 23rd January, Newtownards
Thursday 25th January, Swatragh
Thursday 1st February, Coagh, Cookstown
Thursday 8th February, Omagh
Tuesday 20th February, Eglinton
Thursday 22nd February, Tandragee
Tuesday 27th February, Roslea, Fermanagh
Wednesday 7th March, Ballymena
Wednesday 14th March, Hilltown, Newry
Wednesday 21st March, Donemana

A further off-farm workshop is scheduled for the Ballymena area on Tuesday 23rd January at 7pm.

Registration in advance of each workshop is essential. For further information or to register for a workshop go online to or alternatively contact Samantha or Joyce at RDC on 028 8676 6980.

Anyone who wishes to host a workshop in their community please also get intouch and we will help you to set one up.

Farm family Key Skills (FFKS) is part of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme which is funded under the Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020. The programme is part of the Knowledge Transfer measure and is part funded by the European Union (EU).