Farms continue to be one of the most dangerous workplaces, as 19 people died in farm accidents last year.

Three of those who died were children and nine were farmers aged over 65.

The minister with responsibility for farm safety has said that the number of fatalities is "unacceptably high".

Martin Heydon has said farmers need to take time to be safe when working.

Farmers only account for 6% of the workforce, yet they account for nearly 50% of workplace fatalities.

In the last decade, more than 200 people were killed on farms and it is an issue the Government hopes to address.

Minister of State Heydon said: "2021 needs to be the year when farmers put their own safety first. We cannot continue to see the level of fatalities we have seen in recent years.

"214 people tragically lost their lives on farms between 2010 and 2019 and this is simply not acceptable.

"As the first-ever minister to be given specific responsibility for farm safety, I am working to ensure that safety is at the heart of everything we do on our farms and I am determined to deliver lasting change that will drive down the current level of safety incidents."

A scheme to assist farmers to improve safety called the Accelerated Capital Allowance Scheme is now in place and a number of community-led farm safety projects are also being funded by the Government.

The Health and Safety Authority investigates farm fatalities, but it also provides awareness and training for people in the workplace.

As awareness efforts around farm safety increase, more than 50,000 farmers will receive safety training in the year ahead.