Farming remains one of the most dangerous industries to work in, and whilst fatalities are slightly down this year to 29 (from 35 the previous year) this is still dreadful toll.
Campaign spokesperson Gill Bolton became involved with Farm Safety First after a worker on her partner’s farm was killed.
She said: “Farm work related accidents don’t just affect the farmer, but their family and friends too, and it’s these people we are targeting with our campaign. We believe that by educating a wider group of people we can get our messages through to the farmer population and hopefully have some impact on the number of these tragic accidents.”
Farmers are being encouraged to keep a farm work related five point safety drill:
- keep a daily hazard checklist
- don’t leave vehicles running when they are stopped
- invest in the correct vehicle equipment
- always wearing appropriate protective clothing
- always carrying a mobile phone
This specific farm work related safety campaign has the backing of the NFU, NFU Cymru, NFU Scotland, Ulster Farmers Union and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
For more information visit the Farm Safety First page.