This is too high. Families are grieving

He said working in a hurry is a major factor in farm accidents, particularly in spring when the workload increases dramatically.

“Farmers are under increased work pressure, as the dairy sector has expanded, while drystock farmers are availing of off-farm employment with the upturn in the economy,” McNamara said.

Most dangerous occupation

Farming continues to be the most dangerous occupation in the country. Farming has approximately 6% of the workforce but accounts for about 60% of the deaths. However, one trend is concerning farm safety officials.

Source: ‘Farmers are under increased work pressure’ 17 November 2017 Free