While UK farmers are among the best in the world, farming remains one of our country’s most hazardous industries; accounting for 1.5% of workers but 15-20% of all worker fatalities (HSE).
29 farm workers lost their lives in the workplace in 2017/2018 according to the latest HSE Fatal Injuries in Agriculture report. This may be less than the previous year however there are still 29 families and communities mourning the loss of a loved one and we want this to stop.
We’re the Farm Safety Foundation, an award-winning charity and we’re dedicated to raising awareness of farm safety among young farmers.
As a mutual insurer that has cared about the countryside, farmers and their families for over a century, NFU Mutual took the decision in 2014 to establish the Farm Safety Foundation, an independent charity to help young farmers challenge their behaviours and change their attitude to farm safety.
The ultimate aim of the Foundation is to have zero avoidable deaths on our farms. To achieve this, the Foundation works closely with partners in the industry to engage, educate and communicate strong and relatable farm safety messages.
Through national campaigns such as Farm Safety Week, Yellow Wellies -Who Would Fill Your Boots? and Mind Your Head, the Farm Safety Foundation is tackling the stigma around risk-taking, ensuring that that next generation of farmers is resilient and equipped with smart strategies and specific skills to live well and farm well.