Farm Safety Week launches today and everyone at McCaskie is voicing their support in the hope that farmers and people within the industry will make their safety, and the safety of those around them, a priority. The third annual initiative, launched in 2013 by the Farm Safety Foundation and supported by NFU Mutual, initially encouraged farm safety among young farmers and those moving in to the industry, but as accidents and injuries have continued to increase it is now seen as an industry wide initiative to raise awareness.
FG's farm health and safety survey highlighted farmers' attitudes.
Farm Safety Week (6-10 July) offers five days of themed practical advice and guidance for farmers and comes just weeks after the HSE released the annual workplace fatality statistics for Great Britain in 2014/15. In 2014/15, 33 fatal injuries to agricultural workers were recorded – a rate 9.12 deaths per 100,000 workers, an increase from the 27 deaths recorded in 2013/14.
According to Rick Brunt, HSE: “While our farmers are among the best in the world, farming continues to have one of the poorest records of any occupation in the UK and Ireland and while all farm accidents are shocking and dreadfully sad, the saddest thing is that they can often be prevented.
“A fall can lead to long term injuries and make it difficult to keep on farming. Most falls from height accidents occur either because the work is not properly planned, the risks are not recognised, proper precautions are not taken, or the equipment used is either defective, not appropriate, or used incorrectly. Often people about to undertake a job believe it will ‘only take a few minutes’, and take a risk in the hope that simply being very careful will be enough.”
Over the course of this week, the Union will detail personal stories from well-known farmers from across Scotland who have had an accident on their farm, the impact it had on them and how their practices changed as a result. Each of the main causes of death or injury on farm will be featured daily on specific subjects:
On each day of Farm Safety Week, farmers will be encouraged to take five minutes to assess the safety of some routine tasks. Anyone who wants to take part can use the Twitter hashtag #FarmSafetyWeek. You can get behind this by visiting the Yellow Wellies (@YellowWelliesUK) Farm Safety Foundation Twitter account or by following us @McCaskieLtd, as we will be retweeting all the accounts we come across using #FarmSafetyWeek. To read any of the case studies, including detailed accounts from Andrew Moir of Aberdeenshire and Peter Stewart in Dunfermline, visit NFUS.
Farm Safety is very important to our entire McCaskie team because it is important to our customers. If you require any help improving safety on your farm, from ladders, equipment and safety signs to Hi-Vis merchandise, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01756 474 481.