A GROUP of 30 Farmers from North Tipperary and Offaly attended a four night training course on Farm Safety at Aghancon Community Hall, Birr.
The Training was delivered by Jim Dockery Training Manager with FRS Training (centre of photo) and forms part of the farm responsibly & safely with frs initiative due to be launched nationwide by FRS early in the New Year.
The course covered a broad range of areas on farm safety and included a very practical ‘hands on’ approach, which focused on getting the group of farmers to carry out safety tasks on their farm each week and at the end of the fourth night they all had their Farm Safety Self- Assessment Document completed and reviewed by the FRS’s expert eye.
The course was organised with FRS by Ray Dempsey, farmer, Ballinlough, Roscrea (Second on left in Middle row). Ray commented “the course went extremely well and everyone was full of praise of the course and Jim the course tutor. The group came back each evening, which speaks for itself and was testament to the quality and interest in the course.”
Ray summed it up by saying, “ If the course only saves one accident isn’t it worthwhile.” Ray was driven to arrange the course in his community to reduce the risk of farm accidents and also assist farmers in their legal requirements of completing their farm safety statement for their farm. Ray chose FRS to run the course due to their long established reputation and quality service. Ray said “I would highly recommend the FRS farm safety course and FRS training to others “ and plans to run a chainsaw safety training course with FRS in May and a First Aid course for farmers also.
FRS Training Manager, Jim Dockery commented that “the course was tailored to the requirements of the group and that is what the farm responsibly & safely with frs courses are all about. I was delighted that farm safety is a priority for farmers and that we could assist and bring our knowledge and expertise to the group.”