Thank you for visiting the website of the Farm Safety Foundation (Yellow Wellies as you may also know us). We are the charity behind FARM SAFETY WEEK (18-22 July 2022) and MIND YOUR HEAD (13-17 February 2023) but we are much much more…
For those of us who have been following every possible safety measure to avoid the invisible danger of Covid-19 over the past few years, 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, foremen 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% of the working population but an alarming 24% of all workplace deaths – According to the HSE Fatal Injuries in Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing Report in GB 2020/2021, 34 farm workers (and 7 members of the public) lost their lives on GB farms over the past year. The picture is similar in Northern Ireland where farming accounted for 5 of the 13 workplace fatalities in 2020/2021 representing 38% (HSENI) and, in the Republic of Ireland, farming accounts for 5% of the workforce but an alarming 40% of all workplace fatal incidents.
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.