Tractor Safe Lock, a device that automatically engages the handbrake in a tractor when the operator leaves the seat, has been awarded the Innovation Arena’s People’s Choice Award in association with Enterprise Ireland, the National Ploughing Association and the Irish Farmers Journal.
Jack Nagle – Tractor Safe Lock
The Co. Kerry based company, founded by student Jack Nagle (16), is one of 69 companies exhibiting at the 2017 Innovation Arena and entered into this year’s awards. The People’s Choice Award is voted for by the general public via the Irish Farmers Journal website and app. The number of votes received totalled 3,000 with Tractor Safe Lock receiving over two-thirds (67 per cent) of the overall vote.
The winning device, Tractor Safe Lock, is activated as soon as the operator takes the machine out of gear through a pressure switch on the seat, pushing up the handbrake of the tractor to safely stop the vehicle from rolling.
James Maloney, Senior Regional Development Executive, Enterprise Ireland said: “The level of interest in the Innovation Arena People’s Choice Awards this year – from client companies, exhibitors and the public in general has been huge. Jack Nagle and Tractor Safe Lock, represents one of the youngest winners of the Innovation Arena to date representing young entrepreneurial talent at its best and highlighting how Irish innovation is contributing to make farming practise safer. We wish Jack all the best in his business endeavours and Enterprise Ireland looks forward to working with him in the future.”