The Health and Safety Authority has published new safety guidance for seasonal workers in horticulture, which aim to help employers and employees identify hazards in workplaces and reduce the associated risks.

A recent CSO labour force survey found that 75% of employees working in horticulture in Ireland were non-Irish nationals.

To cater for this large section of the horticultural workforce, the HSA has provided this guide in over ten languages.

The guidelines, which are now available on the HSA website, highlight the main hazards for horticultural workers.

These include untrained and unauthorised drivers, poorly maintained tractors, vehicles and machinery, incorrect manual handling techniques, unsafe work at heights - and slips, trips and falls.

"The HSA aim to ensure that all workers in horticulture have a clear understanding of the risks in their workplace and the actions required to avoid workplace injury and ill health," said Mark Cullen, Assistant Chief Executive at the Health and Safety Authority.

"The reduction of workplace injuries and fatalities in all sectors remains our priority and the authority will continue to work with employers and employees on preventative measures.

"These guidelines will not only serve as a useful resource for those non-Irish national employees, but also to all working in the industry," he added.