Shock Horror – Working Safely Near Overhead Powerlines

On average, one farm worker dies each year as a result of contact with overhead power lines. Add to this the 300+ high voltage and extra high voltage incidents reported by the Health and Safety Executive in 2018 and we know there is a mounting issue that needs to be addressed… Northern Powergrid has reported

The Nightmare before Christmas…

Andy Williams sang ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ and while, for many of us, Christmas is a time of fun and celebration, it can also be a time of stress and anxiety. Watching everybody rush about planning for the ‘perfect Christmas’ can intensify feelings of loneliness, increase financial worries and put pressure

Farm Safe and Bike Smart this Road Safety Week

In 2017, 55,876 people were killed or injured while travelling on country roads. Just stop and read that line again… In an industry with the poorest safety record of any occupation, travelling on public roads can pose just as many risks as working on farmland. Latest figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) this

Are you dicing with death at level crossings?

An incident involving a farming vehicle takes place at a level crossing across the country on average every week, with farming vehicles listed as the third most specific vehicle type involved (13%), only topped by lorries (32%) and cars (28%). While Britain has the safest rail network in Europe, level crossings are one of the

National Stress Awareness Day 2018

According to mental health charity MIND, being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health issues or make existing problems worse. Today marks National Stress Awareness Day and the day offers an opportunity to take a moment and focus again on our wellbeing and think

Keep Minding Your Head…

Today marks World Mental Health Day 2018 so no better time to continue the conversation about Minding Your Head… When we launched our campaign back in February, we wanted to address one of the key objectives of the charity – To “preserve and protect the mental and physical health of farm worker, dweller, the rural

Women in Farming

Stephanie and Olivia were lucky to attend the Women in Farming Network Annual Conference in Harrogate this week where they heard some inspirational females share their farming experiences. We thought we would continue the theme and introduce an award-winning woman in farming – Jess Yeomans, winner of the Wales Woman Farmer of the Year 2018.

National Young Farmers’ Week 2018 Kicks Off…

This week marks the start of National Young Farmers Week which aims to raise awareness of NFYFC to a wider audience and position it as the leading rural youth service and demonstrate the relevance and importance of YFCs to rural communities And what better way to kick of a week of celebration of all that

Suicide, A Personal Perspective

Farm safety is much more than looking after your physical wellbeing. In our recent Mind Your Head campaign, we highlighted some shocking facts regarding the issue of depression and suicide in the rural community. We also highlighted the many wonderful organisations in this area who can offer help to those who need it. Through our

Burn Baby Burn

Are you dying for a tan? Farmer images courtesy of Today FM What do James Bond and many young farmers have in common? (Apart from the latest state-of-the-art equipment and some snazzy chat up lines?) Well this for one – a farmer’s tan! Let’s face it – we have enjoyed record temperatures over the last