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Clare children focus on ocean safety

The Health and Safety Authority and Clare Education Centre recently announced the county winners of the On the Ocean art and writing competition, which aims to raise children’s awareness of ocean safety For children in coastal communities, there was an additional focus on the life of fishermen, staying safe at sea, the role of rescue services and life in fishing communities. Winners in the Clare Education Centre catchment area were Stephen Kennedy, Bodyke National School; Aisling Moloney, Toonagh National School; Joanne Harmon, Health and Safety Authority; Nicole Cheng, Ennis National School; and Ksawery Domek, Scoil Chríost Rí. Joanne Harmon, who is the education manager with the Health and Safety Authority, and Pat Hanrahan, director of Clare Education Centre, presented the winners with certificates and prize money at a workshop in Galway, where the winning children had the opportunity to work with artists and writers from Kids Own Publishing. A book will be published on ocean safety from their work and sent …

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Farm safety vigilance plea

THE Health and Safety Authority, with the support of Teagasc, launched Farm Safety Fortnight this week. The campaign is taking place because of the alarming rise in farm deaths so far in 2014, with seven farm deaths occurring, compared to one for the same period of 2013. Farm deaths comprised 44% of all workplace deaths so far in 2014. Being crushed by a tractor or machine has been the main factor associated with recent farm deaths followed by animal incidents. John McNamara, Teagasc health and safety officer, has called on farmers to be particularly vigilant when working in close vicinity of tractors, farm vehicles and machines, particularly in, or around farmyards, because being struck, crushed or falling from a vehicle or machine is associated with 72% of all deaths caused by machinery. Teagasc will be holding a free practical farm event and a seminar at Kildalton College, Piltown, County Kilkenny on Friday afternoon. Demonstrations will take place involving machinery, livestock, …

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