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26th May 2020

IFA President brands TikTok farming prank videos a “disgrace”

Alan Loughnane

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“I am disgusted that people could be so casual.”

Irish Farmers Association President Tim Cullinan has hit out at people who are recording dangerous behaviour using machinery on farms around Ireland.

It comes as footage of dangerous behaviour using farming equipment, some captured by the drivers of tractors themselves, emerged on social media in Ireland.

“This practice is grossly irresponsible and is an accident waiting to happen,” Cullinan said.

“I am disgusted that people could be so casual and have no regard for the dangers involved in what they are doing.”

Cullinan said there have been eight fatalities on farms already this year and those carrying on like this need to take a hard look at themselves.

Some of the videos include a man standing on the drawbar between the tractor and trailer while the tractor is being driven on the road. The man is filming himself in the precarious position and also filming the driver of the tractor.

Another video shows a man sitting on the bonnet of a tractor driving in a field while the driver films it.

“Too often, people are not willing to act responsibly and identify the risks,” he said.

“All farmers and contractors need to make it clear to their employees that engaging in these practices is a sackable offence,” he said.

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