Ireland’s Call

Today marks the end of the seventh annual Farm Safety Week, and Joe Healy, Irish Farmers Association President, outlines the gravity of the situation in the Republic of Ireland, why the IFA has appointed a full time Farm Health and Safety Executive and what they are hoping to achieve with this weeks series of family

Forward is forward… no matter how slow

Stuart Roberts chairs the England Farm Safety Partnership and, as a farmer himself, Vice-President of the National Farmers’ Union and one of the key figures behind last year’s #LensLeg social media drive, is passionate, committed and driven to make a real change. “If there’s one thing I want to achieve as Vice President of the

Campaigning to reduce the risks for ATV drivers

The Wales Farm Safety Partnership (WFSP), also now in its seventh year, is a collaboration between agricultural stakeholder organisations in Wales. Working closely with the other UK FSPs, the WFSP is tackling head-on the need to raise awareness of the tragic repercussions when farm businesses don’t implement safe working systems across all areas of their

It is your place

Next up we have the Farm Safety Partnership Scotland and according to NFU Scotland President Andrew McCornick, real action is needed to reduce the injury and death rate on Scotland’s farms and crofts. “We have supported the Farm Safety Foundation’s Farm Safety Week campaign every year since they took it over as we share one

With a Little Help from our Friends…

Today we are passing the baton to the Farm Safety Partnerships. Each partner country has a farm safety partnership made up of organisations representing a broad spectrum of agricultural interests. Throughout the day, we will be asking the Chair of the Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and Republic of Ireland FSP for their views on

So Macho?

The National Federation of Young Farmer’s Clubs is one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK dedicated to young people who have a love for agriculture and rural life. Led by young people, for young people, Young Farmers’ Clubs provide their 24,500 members in 615 clubs aged 10 to 26 with a unique

Tim’s Story

Even the most safety conscious farmers can experience the effects of a serious injury as we learn from Norfolk farmer Tim Papworth. Tim was carrying out a simple operation – changing a light bulb in a potato store – but one slip had life-changing consequences. As the owner of the farming business, Tim did what

Optimistic, but impatient…

Charles Mayson, a farm advisor based in Herefordshire and finalist in the 2019 Farmers Weekly ‘Livestock Adviser of the Year’ Award, has been encouraged by some of the changes he has seen in health and safety attitudes over the years. However, he is deeply troubled by agriculture’s stubbornly high incident record. Today he shares his

Live Well, Farm Well

In the second of today’s blogs, Philip Wynn, former Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, discusses the findings of the recent WCF Health and Wellbeing report. This 44 page document, commissioned by Farmers’ Livery Company and undertaken by Rose Regeneration, together with the University of Lincoln, aimed to understand in greater detail the key

Chris’ Story

Northern Ireland farm worker Chris Surgenor arrived in Essex in 2014 to help out for the summer on a large farm. Work at home in Kilkeel, Co.Down was scarce and Chris was having to take on two or three jobs at a time to make ends meet. In February the following year he was offered