Have your say on farm health and safety

A new survey has been launched to understand current attitudes towards farm health and safety.

The NFU, AHDB and VetPartners are working together to help reduce the risk of accidents involving people working in the agricultural industry.

Matt Dobbs, one of the key people leading the cross-sector collaborative approach, explains that health and safety affects everyone who sets foot on farm, no matter what their role is.

“Farms remain one of the most dangerous workplaces in the UK, with no long-term reduction in the number of accidents occurring,” he says.

“Farmers, family members, farm workers, vets, agronomists and members of the public using footpaths can all have their lives changed when things go wrong.”

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics show that in 2018 17,000 farm workers suffered from work-related ill health, 13,000 experienced a non-fatal injury and there were 29 fatalities.

“To change this, we need to understand current attitudes and ideas around health and safety, to help us develop tools, services and advice that will be useful in driving sustained improvements.”

The survey will be open until 24th December. It takes approximately five minutes to complete and can be accessed at: https://bit.ly/33QHU8t

 

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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.