A new report shows the level of workplace accidents in Ireland that have involved vehicles.

In the ten years up to 2019, there were 490 work-related deaths of which 217 involved vehicles - with 10 of these fatal accidents in Co Mayo.

A new report by the Health & Safety Authority outlines where and how these fatalities occurred.

Over the ten year period, 10 people in Mayo died from work-related deaths involving vehicles, with 11 deaths in Co Galway, 6 in Roscommon, 4 in Sligo and 5 in Leitrim.

Nationally, 217 fatal work-related accidents involved vehicles.

Over half of these accidents occurred in the Agriculture sector, and tractors were involved in just over half of these deaths.

Other sectors with a high level of such accidents were Transportation & Storage, Construction, Wholesale & Retail trade, and Repair of Vehicles.

84% of the deaths involved workers, with the 55-64 year age group the most affected.

95% of the victims were male.

The study shows the vehicles involved in the greatest number of work-related deaths were tractors, trucks, loaders and telehandlers, quad bikes and forklifts.

Work-related deaths involving vehicles increased during the Summer months from May to July - reflecting the increase in farming activity in Summertime.

In the agricultural sector, the accidents involving vehicles disproportionately affected older people, while there were 15 deaths of non-workers of which 80% were under the age of 18.

This indicates the risks vehicles at work pose for children and young people on farms.

Dr Sharon McGuinness, CEO of the Health & Safety Authority, says children often help out on farms during their Summer holidays, and can tragically be the victims of fatal accidents involving vehicles.

She says farmers need to be extra-vigilant when children are about, and ensure good safety practises are in place to protect the most vulnerable, as most children killed on a farm are members of the farmer's own family, which she says makes the deaths even more tragic.

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