Farm Safety Week – The importance of Health and Safety

 Every day, thousands of farmers around the world work tirelessly to feed the global population. However, farming is not without risks, and agricultural accidents can have devastating consequences. Sadly in the last year, 21 farmworkers have died in farm related accidents, according to the HSE. Here’s why farm safety must be top priority…  

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Jul
20
2023
Jul
20
2023

Protecting Lives:

The most compelling reason for prioritising farm safety is to protect the lives of farmers and farm workers. Agriculture ranks as one of the most hazardous industries, with numerous potential dangers such as heavy machinery, livestock handling, and exposure to chemicals. By implementing proper safety protocols and equipment, we can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and protect those who feed the world.

 

Preventing Injuries:

Farm-related injuries can have severe consequences on individuals and their families. From minor incidents to life-altering accidents, many of these injuries are preventable with proper safety practices.

Platts QHSE Manager, Alison Fuller says “The health and safety of our staff is paramount to the work that we do here at Platts and training and information starts on day one, with a health and safety induction, continuing throughout their employment in the form of on-the-job training, such as toolbox talks, accredited training courses and safety meetings.”

Ensuring that all workers are well-trained, aware of potential hazards, and equipped with the right safety gear can significantly reduce the number of injuries on farms.

 

 

Farm Safety is for everyone… regardless of age or role

Educating all generations about farm safety is crucial for the continuity of responsible agricultural practices. By instilling safety habits in future farmers, we can create a culture of awareness and responsibility, further reducing the risk of accidents on farms.

 

Alison says “safe working is expected from all of our staff whether they are drivers delivering to farms, production workers in the factory, mechanics in the garage or office staff at their desks and everyone is encouraged to report unsafe conditions or contribute ideas for safer working opportunities.

 

Farm safety is not an option but a necessity. We owe it to our farmers, their families, and the communities they serve to ensure they have a safe working environment. Prioritising farm safety not only protects lives and prevents injuries but also preserves the very essence of agriculture – sustaining our world with the food and resources we need to thrive. Join us in supporting our farmers, promoting farm safety, and cultivate a brighter and safer future for all.

 

For farm safety advice and further information about Farm Safety Week, visit Yellow Wellies who work all year round to raise awareness of this important issue.

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