Speaking this week Mr O’Hagan said that there were a number of factors that contributed to farm accidents.
“Basically a lot of farmers are working with little or no help and they are often in a hurry to get things done,” Mr O’Hagan said.
“They rush things giving little or no thought to the dangers involved.’
He continued: “There are obvious dangers that all farmers are aware of but that doesn’t mean that accidents still don’t happen.
“Spreading slurry is one obvious example.
“Everyone is well aware of the dangers and most do take precautions, but very often they just stray too close in their haste to get the job done.”
Mr. O’Hagan continued: “Another area of danger is the presence of children on tractors and the like.
“With the best will in the world it is impossible to keep a constant eye on children and accidents happen.
“Silage time is another danger with children about as farmers are often rushing to get back to the field and you have kids standing around when loads are being tipped and they can spread further than anyone realised.”
He went on: “Basically farm accidents are often due to a shortage of time and a shortage of staff.”
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