Farming has gone through a period of immense change over the past two years.

This has proved a challenging time 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 Covid-19, Omicron or whatever new variant emerges, 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 1.5% of the economy but an alarming 24% of all workplace deaths – According to the HSE’s annual Fatal Injuries in Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing Report in GB 2020/2021,  34 farm workers lost their lives in the workplace 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 but we can not do this alone.

Farmers – it’s your health, your safety… your choice!

Preserve and protect the physical and mental wellbeing of young farmers and young people moving in to agriculture (Aged16-40).

Challenge and change the attitudes towards risk-taking and poor safety behaviours in the next generation of farmers.

Reduce the number of life changing and life ending injuries among young farmers.

dan parrFarm Safety Foundation / Yellow Wellies