Farm Safe… Bike Safe

In today’s final blog for Farm Safety Week, Stephanie Berkeley looks at the popularity of road cycling and the dangers faced by anyone driving an agricultural vehicle on rural roads. An upsurge in the popularity of cycling and, in particular, road cycling means that British Cycling, the national governing body for cyclesport now boasts over

Texting & TikTok – the dangers of distracted driving

Mobile phones are a constant in most of our lives. But there’s a time where you certainly shouldn’t be phoning, texting, Tweeting and TikToking: when you’re behind the wheel – of your car, your quad or your tractor. In the past, we’ve all seen campaigns against drink driving. Campaigns that have proven successful given the

The Dangers of Rural Roads

Fatal accidents involving agricultural vehicles or farm workers travelling on a public highway, are referred to as ‘road traffic accidents’ and reported to the Department for Transport. These figures do not appear in the HSE Fatal Injuries in Agriculture figures, however many farmers are involved in these fatal accidents so staying safe on our rural

Top 5 Safety Apps You Shouldn’t Farm Without…

The number of apps available for download continues to grow. The Google Play Store for Android and the Apple App Store for iOS offer a selection of 2.2 million apps each, according to the Agricultural apps make up a relatively thin slice of the overall mix, but still present a huge assortment of options

It’s training Jim… but not as we know it.

Farming – an environment where everything, including technology, is constantly growing… Have you seen the CommandCenter of a John Deere 9620RX? It’s like the Starship Enterprise. Another area that has started to feel the impact of emerging technology is training and, for a charity like the Farm Safety Foundation, that engages, inspires and educates the

Avoid Harm on the Farm

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and NI Farm Safety Partnership recently launched their 2021 child safety poster competition and, now half way through the competition and half way through Farm Safety Week, we are actively encouraging NI primary aged schoolchildren to get involved! The competition is for children to draw and colour

Farming is Not Child’s Play

Farms may conjure an image of a picture-perfect landscape, with children running and playing in green fields. But farms come with their own dangers. And there have been plenty of debates and yes, arguments, over the years on what should be done to ensure the safety of children who live or work on our farms.

How NFU Mutual is championing vital services during Coronavirus

These are worrying and difficult times for everyone. Even as lockdown measures are easing, this brings about new uncertainties and concerns for livelihoods and families. Alongside the pressures of being key workers, farming communities have been contending with additional demands such as schooling children at home, checking in on neighbours, and looking after family members.

Scotland’s Young Farmers are Aware… Are Ewe?

The Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) is Scotland’s largest rural youth organisation providing a social network full of opportunities from competitions and events to training and travel. As a network it always strives for its members to feel comfortable in voicing their opinions. However, as Diana McGowan, Senior Communications and Publications Manager at

COVID and the Countryside

There is no doubt that the world as we knew it at the start of 2020 – remember hugs and handshakes? – is now upside down. The impact of this global pandemic has been massive on our economy and OECD recently reported that Britain’s economy is likely to suffer the worst damage from the COVID-19