HSENI Safety Initiative welcomed by Hazzard
Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has welcomed the scheme designed to improve safety on farms.
Speaking to Newry Times, Hazzard said, “I welcome the scheme launched by the HSENI designed to improve safety in farms. There has been 42 fatalities over the past five years and the scheme is designed to help educate farmers in making safety a priority on their farm in an effort to reduce the numbers of farmers killed or seriously injured.
“The inspectors will visit over 1000 farms to do a safety appraisal and give advice on improving safety. Many of the deaths on farms are elderly farmers as many don’t have an option of retiring and it is important that we look at ways of protecting our elderly farmers.
He added,“It is also a call on all those who visit farms on a regular basis that they become aware of safety issues and adhere to them. This scheme will undoubtedly save lives and improve safety across the industry.”
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