I’m not a farming person but . . . . . I cannot fathom why slurry-related deaths are called tragic farm accidents
So what are they?
Work-related deaths. They’re one of the hazards of farming
What are you talking about? Farming hazards? Think of the sweet . . .
Farming seems to be a dangerous business
A 10-year old boy died and his father is fighting for his life after they were overcome by slurry fumes
September 2012: Ulster rugby star Nevin Spence, his father Noel and brother Graham died after entering a slurry tank.
10 were children.
The NI Health and Safety Executive in (HSENI) says there has been
1 death a month on farms in the past 20 months,
A mixture of cow manure and water
What’s a slurry pit?
Cow shit is hosed down into a hole (pit) under the shed
What’s slurry for?
Spreading on fields as fertiliser
Why are Slurry gases so dangerous?
They can kill in seconds
Aren’t you exaggerating?
Suffocation can occur in an instant.
What are you talking about?
Lack of oxygen caused by decomposition of organic matter or poisoning due to gases such as hydrogen sulphide
Are you serious? What do the authorities advise?
• Only agitate slurry on windy days
• Remove all livestock and control pets
• Open all doors and control access
• Ventilate, stay away for 30 minutes during agitation
• Work upwind at all times
Don’t enter a slurry tank.
Comment: Try to have nothing to do with a slurry tank. There must be other ways of using manure and fertilising
I’m not a science person . . . .
but in this day and age . . .
Slurry deaths cause devastating grief and trauma
We need to do everything in our power to prevent them