Kevin Cahill, Managing Director, ABP Ireland.

Farm safety is key

Sponsorship has been secured for this year’s Farm Safety Award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

For the eighth consecutive year, ABP Food Group will sponsor the special event which recognises projects that focus on improving safety on farms and educating young people about the dangers of accidents in a farming environment.

The ABP Farm Safety Award has year-on-year produced ground-breaking projects from students across the country. Farm safety is a prevalent issue in Ireland today. In 2021, nine people in the farming sector were killed in work-related accidents according to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), accounting for approximately 24 per cent of all Irish workplace related deaths during the year.

Kevin Cahill, Managing Director of ABP Ireland, said: “Safety continues to be an area of major concern on Irish farms, with farm-related deaths accounting for a disproportionate number of workplace accidents every year. Farm safety is an issue that requires continuous education, research, and innovation to address, and we look forward to seeing the new and ground-breaking projects from this year’s award entrants. I would like to thank all of the entrants for their submissions and for their work in trying to improve farm safety.”

The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is now in its 58th year and is one of the largest and longest-running STEM events in the world.

The exhibition got under way on Wednesday and will run until tomorrow Friday.