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New farm safety campaigns aims to reduce fatalities

8th Jan 2019 / By Alistair Driver

The Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) has today launched its safety campaign for 2019, which is intended to take a step towards its target of halving farm fatalities by the end of 2023.

The initiative aims to coordinate messages across the industry by looking at specific actions each season and promoting good practice in these areas. These key areas will include transport and machinery, handling livestock, child safety and working at height.

The first quarter of 2019 will focus on promoting ways in which farmers can stay safe when in transport, and people across the industry are taking to social media today to promote good practice in this area by using the hashtag #DriveSafetyForward.

Over the next few months, the FSP will be urging all farmers and farm workers to:

  • Follow the Safe Stop procedure every time you leave the cab;
  • Always wear a seat belt;
  • Drive legal and safe every time; and
  • Make your farm yard a safe yard.

Stuart Roberts, NFU vice president and chairman of the Farm Safety Partnership, said: “We are all aware that agriculture has a terrible track record when it comes to health and safety in the workplace, and the FSP is working with the industry to reverse this.

“I genuinely believe we are starting to see farmers and their workers responding and it’s now time to redouble our efforts in this area. Initiatives launched by the NFU and other FSP partners are having a positive effect, but we need to see more action on the ground.”

Mr Roberts added: “With the partnership delivering a coordinated campaign and looking at specific actions each season, we can really focus our approach on changing behaviours.

“I would urge all farmers and industry workers to support this incredibly important campaign which will work towards driving safety forward, saving lives and making our industry the best it can be.”

A Farm Vehicle Check List is available at the NFU’s stand at LAMMA, which provides the legal requirements and guidance in regard to vehicle maintenance.

The FSP key topics in 2019 are:

  • Transport and machinery: January – March
  • Handling livestock: April – June
  • Child safety on farm: July – September
  • Working at height: October – December

Find out more about the FSP 2019 campaign and follow the discussion on transport on Twitter using #DriveSafetyForward.

Download a copy of the Farm Vehicle Check List here.