Dáil Éireann - Volume 610 - 15 November, 2005
Written Answers. - Farm Accidents.
Mr. Howlin Mr. Howlin
167. Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the steps being taken to address  the serious problems of death and injuries through farm accidents; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34174/05]
Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin
189. Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if her attention has been drawn to reports of increased deaths and injuries to farmers arising from more aggressive farm animals; if any particular steps are planned to counter this threat; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34175/05]
Mary Coughlan Mary Coughlan
Mary Coughlan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 167 and 189 together.
I am very concerned about the level of safety on our farms and I support wholeheartedly the work of the Health and Safety Authority, HSA, which is the State authority charged with overall responsibility for promotion of workplace health and safety. I look forward to the launch next Thursday, 17 November, of the code of practice for the agriculture sector, the first code of practice under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 for employers with three or fewer workers. The publication of this code will contribute greatly to farm safety generally.
My Department is also funding Teagasc to carry out a project into animal behaviour, in conjunction with the HSA and experts from member states of the European Union. The results of this project are expected to make a positive contribution to dealing with farm animal safety issues.
Dáil Éireann 610 Written Answers. Farm Accidents.