In this week’s exclusive podcast we had the pleasure of speaking to none other than Peter Gohery.
In October 2009, Peter had a life-changing workplace accident that resulted in the loss of a leg, severe damage to the other and numerous other injuries. His road to recovery inspired him to devote his career to advising workers in high-risk environments on the dangers and realities of the lack of health and safety.
These days, he delivers behavioural based safety talks and lectures in different forms around the country, sharing his story and explaining his motto of “it’s better to lose a minute in life than lose your life in a minute.” Because of his accident, he’s always looking at ways of making life easier around my farm and safer.
He always wants to promote safety and he’s always looking at ways to drive the message home. He would love to see all farmers grow old and educate the next and future generations around farm safety. Ultimately, farmers listen to farmers and should be encouraged to tell their stories to make their farms a safer place.
In the podcast itself, Peter alongside our Council Editor, Jack Mullen spoke about a variety of different topics, ranging from why Peter felt the need to become a health and safety adviser to what he sees as some of the major issues facing individuals working within the Irish agri sector at this moment in time.
Moreover, Peter throughout the podcast drove home the notion that “farmers tend to listen to farmers” and that he felt going forward, it would be essential that a greater level of training would have to be administered by all of the relevant bodies. He stressed the need to both empower and educate particularly young men, who often he sees as being the most vulnerable demographic.
In the latter part of the conversation, Peter was assigned the difficult task of predicting what he thought the future held for agri safety in relation to farming, and more specifically farm machinery. This answer yielded some incredible insights.
The take home message was that “no job is so important that it cannot be performed safely”