A very successful health and safety workshop was held recently on the farm of Harold Johnston, Ballybollen House, Clooney Road, Ahoghill and was attended by over 40 farmers.
The event was organised by the Mid and West Antrim UFU groups in partnership with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT) and the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland, (HSENI). It was partially sponsored by NFU Mutual Insurance.
Ivan Johnston, Group Manager of the UFU West Antrim group opened the event and this was followed by an interesting and thought provoking presentation by David Lowe, HSENI and Ed Patterson, NFU Mutual Risk Management Consultant. Dr Brian Hunter, GP Medical Director, NHSCT then spoke about the importance of looking after your health and emphasised that the farm family was the most important asset on the farm.
A farm walk and a tractor safety demonstration followed before a final presentation from Bernie McKenna, Community Resuscitation Development Officer, NHSCT who spoke about what to do in a medical emergency on the farm including heart attack, bleeding and choking.
The Farm Families Health Check Screening van was in attendance and each participant received a range of useful items which included a first aid kit and high vis jacket courtesy of NHSCT as well as a health and safety certificate endorsed by DARD and HSENI.