Glanbia New Ross first to offer specialised farm safety gear

By Esther Hayden

Published 27/10/2015 | 00:00

John and Sean Grace, The Rower at the launch of the new farm safety centre in Glanbia New Ross which will stock the new Farming X range of farm safety gear. Photo: Pat Moore.
John and Sean Grace, The Rower at the launch of the new farm safety centre in Glanbia New Ross which will stock the new Farming X range of farm safety gear. Photo: Pat Moore.

Glanbia, New Ross has become one of the first outlets in County Wexford to stock the specialised range of clothing designed to reduce farm injuries. The new farm safety centre was officially launched at an open day in the store on Friday, October 16.

With approximately 2,500 accidents occurring on Irish farms annually, County Mayo based company, Portwest, Europe's leading work-wear and personal protective equipment manufacturers developed a new line of safety wear designed to reduce farm injuries. The new Farming X Range will be stocked alongside a comprehensive range of gloves, pesticide kits, head production products including googles and ear muff suitable for all farming occasions will be available along with Portwest's innovative rain-wear 'Sealtex Air' which is fully waterproof and breathable.

In 2014, there were 30 fatal farm accidents which was the highest ever recorded statistic in over 20 years. Portwest committed many months of research and have heavily invested in their first farm safety range as they seek to assist in supporting a decrease in farm accidents and fatalities.

With farm safety being a priority for Glanbia, New Ross and Portwest both companies are committed to educating farmers about the dangers of farm life. Many farm injuries can be prevented or their impacts minimised if farmers are wearing the correct personal protective equipment.

Portwest identified a disparity in the levels of awareness which those working in agriculture have towards ensuring proper work-wear is worn at all times on the farm to support promotion of a culture of safety. They found that farmers do not pay heed to necessary safety features in clothing such as; Wearing clothing that has flaps or draw-cords that increase the likelihood of getting a garment caught in machinery; Ensuring garments have some reflective elements to increase an individual's visibility; Respiratory protection against inhalation hazards such as pesticides, heavy dust and gases; Hearing protection to avoid aural damage during high-pitched or loud noise level activities and adequate feet protection that ensures protection against incidents of potential danger to the feet such as falling or rolling objects, chemical or liquid exposures, sharp objects or where feet are exposed to potential electrical hazards.

Portwest liaised with farm agencies across Ireland throughout the development process and the garments have been fully certified in line with the most up to date European legislation.

Products are available from Glanbia New Ross.

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