Macra na Feirme Launch ‘Safe Agri Skills’

The ‘Safe Pass’ for farming

Leonie McKiernan

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Leonie McKiernan

Macra na Feirme Launch ‘Safe Agri Skills’

Macra na Feirme President, Sean Finan and Finbarr McDonnell, Managing Director of ABP Beef (Ireland) launch the Safe Agri Skills card at the National Ploughing Championships.

The number of deaths, serious injuries and near misses in farming are truly frightening and we need a change of attitude in our industry.

Macra is asking members to take the lead on farm safety, with the launch of their ‘Safe Agri Skills’ card. For the first time ever those working in agriculture are asked to complete a suite of short training courses in relevant areas around farm safety. Modules include tractor safety, livestock handling, manual handling, first aid and health for farming as well as optional extras like chainsaw use and ATV / Quad Bike safety. ‘Safe Agri Skills’ is the first and only of its kind  - a farm safety training course covering all the basics and the major causes of accidents in agriculture.

Macra na Feirme  launched their 'Safe Agri Skills' card at the National Ploughing Championships this week. Speaking at the launch National President Sean Finan said, "Only in agriculture is something like this seen as revolutionary. In any other industry it’s just done, no questions asked. You do not show up to work unless your safety training is up to date. We need more education about safety in farming and its initiatives like Safe Agri Skills that can provide farmers with that education."

Seamus Banim of ABP Ireland said they are delighted to stand behind the initiative and commented that, "Farmers are in the main self-employed so there is no one standing over them – beginning with young farmers we are asking you to take responsibility for yourself your family and your future, to ensure the future safety and well-being of our suppliers."

All those who complete the training programme will receive a ‘Safe Agri Skills’ wallet card and certificate. ‘Safe Agri Skills’ forms one section of the new ‘Master of Agri Skills’ programme which provides a structured framework within which farmers can undertake continuous professional development.

Courses are available nationwide and you can book your place on http://macraskillnet.eventb rite.ie