Farm accident sidelines Kilkenny hurler for the season

The Kilkenny hurlers look set to be without James Maher for the remainder of the season, as he has been sidelined following a farm accident.

It is understood that the St. Lachtains GAA club man fractured his kneecap in an accident while he was at home working on the farm.

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody, speaking to reporters on Sunday after being defeated by Clare in Thurles, said that Maher “got a serious injury”.

“He fractured his kneecap in an accident at home on the farm, so he’s really unfortunate. He’s going to be out obviously for a while.”

Earlier this year, Maher made his senior debut with the county against Waterford and was also named man-of-the-match on the day.

At the moment the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is running farm safety fortnight which will see over 300 farms inspected over the next two weeks.

A bigger workload at this time of year can lead to accidents on farms and it has outlined a few simple steps that can be considered for managing workload:

  • Prioritise activities: Make choices about what to do and when to do it. Do the most important jobs first and spread workload out over time.
  • Plan ahead: Allocate enough time for daily activities and plan for busy seasonal periods. Consider getting extra help at very busy periods where fatigue becomes a major factor.
  • Pacing: Organise a routine so on average the same amount of work is done each day. Plan what is going to be done rather than responding to what needs to be done.