Teagasc has been granted €1.25 million funding for the procurement of 18 agricultural machinery simulators for use in horticultural and agricultural colleges.
This investment will be a great asset in teaching students the key safety elements of operating farm machinery. The simulators will enable students to train in the operation of a range of machinery, including tractors with different implements such as balers, mowers, and tedders, and also forage harvesters, combines, and telescopic handlers.
Farming has a poor safety record, accounting for approximately 42% of fatal workplace incidents in the period 2011 – 2020, yet only 6% of the working population is employed in the sector. Over half of fatal farm incidents are associated with tractors, farm vehicles and machinery. Teagasc National Farm Survey data indicates that about 700 farm vehicle and machinery incidents take place annually.
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