Vehicles and Machinery
Vehicles and Machinery are the main cause of farm accidents in Ireland.
In the past ten years they accounted for approx. 50% of all farm deaths.
Elderly farmers and children are at particular risk.
Being crushed, struck, pinned under or falling from vehicles are the main causes of deaths with farm vehicles.
Being entangled in PTO’s, crushed under a machine part, caught in a machine mechanism, crushed between vehicles and struck by a machine object are the main causes of deaths with farm machinery.
Keys to prevention are training, good maintenance and safe work practices.
The Pie Charts below summarise the causes of fatal accidents with tractors, machinery and farm vehicles.
Deaths due to Tractors and Farm Vehicles 2008-2017 (30% of total Fatals)
Deaths due to Machinery 2008-2017 (20% of total Fatals)