Farming has gone through a period of immense change over the past year.
The past 12 months have been particularly challenging for all of us however, it appears that, finally, the farming community have been recognised as key workers, playing an essential role in producing food for the country.
For those of us who have been following every possible safety measure to avoid the invisible danger of COVID19 – washing our hands until our skin starts to crack, avoiding social contact with family and friends, risk assessing and redirecting our route as soon we see someone approaching – the thought that someone would see a danger on the horizon and do nothing to avoid it is hard to fathom.
But that is exactly what farmers, farm workers, formen and sub contractors have been doing for years and is one of the reasons that farming continues to have the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK.
Farming accounts for 1.5% of the economy but 20% of all workplace deaths – According to the HSE’s annual work-related fatalities in 2019/20 report, 20 farm workers lost their lives in the workplace over the past year – a 63% decrease in the previous year but stil 20 too many…
We are the Farm Safety Foundation – Yellow Wellies as many of you know us – and we are a small UK wide charity dedicated to raising awareness of farm safety and mental wellbeing in farmers but we can not do this alone.
Farmers – it’s your health, your safety… your choice!