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Farm Safety Week launched with some sobering figures and the Pub Landlord

24th Jul 2017 / By Alistair Driver

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Thirty people were killed on farms in 2016/17, according to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive to mark the start of Farm Safety Week.

The five main causes of a fatal injury were transport-related (30%) something collapsing (20%) struck by objects (17%) electricity (10%) fall from height (7%), Livestock (7%).

The deaths included ‘two or three members of the public’ and of the 27 deaths involving workers, nearly half, 48%, were aged over 65.

The fifth Farm Safety Week has been given a publicity boost by the involvement of ‘Pub Landlord’ Al Murray, who has revealed his role in saving a young farmworker’s life when he was 12.

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For more information on Farm Safety Week visit or follow @yellowwelliesUK on Twitter/Facebook using the hashtag #FarmSafetyWeek

Also use the hashtag #Lensleg to follow the latest in the farmer-led safety campaign, launched by Hertfordshire farmer Stuart Roberts.

Industry views 

Commenting in a recent Pig World feature on agriculture’s poor safety recordNPA chairman Richard Listersaid: This is a very sobering set of figures for the whole of the agricultural industry.

“I think as producers, owners and managers, we all have to consider if we are doing everything within our control to avoid the prospect of accidents occurring.

“The involvement of all staff in this process will be key to affecting change and enabling us to create a safe working environment.”

Farm safety will be the key topic for NPA’s Autumn Regional meetings in October.