Reduction in farm death figures welcomed

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Sinn Féin Newry & Mourne Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has said that figures which show deaths on farms have fallen over the past year was welcome news. “The latest figures show that deaths on farms have fallen from 11 in the previous year to four this year is welcoming but any death is a death too many,” said the south Armagh representative. “We must not be complacent and strive to bring this figure down to zero. I would like to commend the Minister Michelle O’Neill and her Department in being proactive in promoting safety on farms. “I would appeal to everyone who either works or visits a farm to keep safety in mind so we can eliminate fatal accidents on farms.” His colleague, Newry & Armagh MLA Megan Fearon commented on the wider issue of work related fatalities. “The Health & Safety Executive annual report states that the number of work related deaths have fallen from 19 to ten. “This is encouraging, but should not hide the grief and hurt that these fatalities cause. Safety in the workplace still remains a significant challenge for all.”
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