Farmers join NFU’S farm safety campaign #SeeItChangeIt

The NFU has launched its #SeeItChangeIt campaign at the NFU’s annual conference – its latest initiative to improve safety and wellbeing on farms.

The campaign aims to get farmers and growers actively looking for risks on farm, and using simple and cost effective ways to eliminate them.

The NFU announced the new campaign at the farm safety workshop this afternoon, which looked to tackle stress and mental wellbeing as well as practical safety when working in agriculture.

Each person attending the session filled out a #SeeItChangeIt Promise Card, selecting one thing they would do to improve their safety and wellbeing on their farm.

NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “It is widely acknowledged that the safety record within the farming sector needs improving, and there are simple but specific practices that we can change ourselves.

The #SeeItChangeIt campaign will get farmers actively looking for risks on farm and then doing something about it – whether it’s a promise to check their PTO shaft every week, wear a helmet every time they ride an ATV, or simply just to keep their mobile phone charged and on their person.

“It must also be noted that the mental wellbeing of farmers is just as important as physical safety. Stress and depression are among many other illnesses that can massively impact your life and work, and we must be able to recognise when we need help.

“The NFU urges farmers to get behind the #SeeItChangeIt campaign by filling out a Promise Card – tweet us, stick it on your fridge or simply keep it on your bedside table – but use it to make one change that will improve your own wellbeing and that of the farming industry.”

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.