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

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

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

What Good Looks Like – BSSH Lends a Hand …

What to do if an accident happens at work This week, we have taken the opportunity to demonstrate what good looks like and the simple steps that can be taken to adopt a better attitude to farming safely however there are occasions when things just go wrong… Jill Arrowsmith, member of British Society for Surgery

What Good Looks Like – It’s Good To Talk

Continuing our showcase of what good looks like, Mags Grainger, Welfare Officer with Scotland’s unique rural charity RSABI outlines how they are proactively helping those famers and farming families cope with the stresses of everyday life… As an industry, and as a wider society, we can often be accused of championing the safety of our

What Good Looks Like – A Fresh Pair of Eyes

According to Joe Healy of the Irish Farmer’s Association, managing health and safety on Ireland’s farms must be a constant in daily farm plans and activities. Understanding the risks on, and around, a farm operation makes it easier to avoid dangers, and makes accidents less likely. However, all too often farmers do not recognise the

What Good Looks Like – A Tidy Farmyard is the ‘Kee’ in Northern Ireland

Farm Safety Foundation funder, NFU Mutual recently piloted a new awards competition aimed to recognise farmers in Northern Ireland who go the extra mile to ensure their farmyards are as safe and practical as they can be. The competition was devised to demonstrate the importance of a safe working environment and attracted over 50 entries