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Farming Sector Has Poorest Safety Record, HSE Figures Show

Posted: 16/07/2018

New figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that the farming industry is still the sector with one the poorest safety record, with worker deaths from agriculture rising from 27 in 2016/2017 to reach 29 in 2017/2018.
Farm Safety Week is set to begin on July 16th and the National Farmers Union (NFU) will be working alongside other organisations to highlight just what constitutes best farm safety practice, NFU Online reports.

Although the figures may not reflect this, Stuart Roberts – NFU Vice-President and Chairman of the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), believes that the sector is now starting to see a change in farmer attitudes with regards to safety.
He commented: “We are seeing the industry come together and shout about the importance of health and safety – even over the past two weeks, more than 200 farmers have attended NFU and FSP health and safety events and numerous county shows have prioritised this issue.”

Mr Roberts went on to say that the FSP now has a target in place to halve farm deaths from a base of 29 by the year 2023, but the ultimate goal is to have a sector with no fatalities in it whatsoever.

On agricultural sites throughout the UK, specified risks can include confined spaces and work at height areas. Workers, contractors and land owners need to hold the level of competency and training required to safely manage works and access these areas. 

Further HSE figures show that there were 38 fatal injuries to construction workers between April 2017 and March 2018, 12 fatal injuries to waste and recycling workers and 15 fatal injuries in both the manufacturing and transport and storage sectors.

For assistance on understanding what level of risk your organisation may face, response and rescue requirements to meet that risk as well as how an effective UK emergency response team may able a worthwhile consideration, please get in touch with HFR Solutions CIC today.