Listen Up!

This week we have discussed the appalling safety record in the industry and also some of the ways we can start to improve things but are we really hearing the messages that are being shared? Today’s theme is the ‘health’ in Health & Safety and one area that we often overlook until it’s too late

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Get Sun Smart

Working in the sun could lead to one death and around five new cases of melanoma skin cancer a week in the UK. Whilst construction workers have the highest number of fatalities, working in agriculture is second highest and accounts for 23% of these deaths. That’s around one farm worker every month dying from skin

A ‘farmer’s tan’ may be a joke to some…

…but sun damage is no laughing matter. Agriculture is an industry where many workers don’t bother their doctor unless they are seriously ill so levels of ill-health are unclear. However, according to HSE, in 2020, 13,000 farm workers suffered from work-related ill health. Musculoskeletal injury (back pain, sprains or strains) is over three times the

Taking Care in the Countryside – Walkers

As many of you know, we’re a charity set up by rural insurer NFU Mutual to raise awareness of farm safety and challenge the risk-taking behaviours that give farming the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK. Unfortunately, as this year’s Health and Safety Executive Fatal Injuries in Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing for

Taking Care in the Countryside – Farmers

As we have seen, the rise in the numbers of general public visiting our beautiful countryside has grown over lockdown and unfortunately farming activities can pose risks to you, your workers, and also to any contractors or visitors – including walkers, hikers and cyclists. Public safety should be a part of your overall health and

Tidy Up Your Yard

Making your farm a safer place to work and live doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, a tidy up of the yard can reap real benefits in terms of saving time, saving costs and most importantly, saving lives… • Regularly walk around your farm and assess the potential dangers. • If you want

Putting Safety First

As we’ve seen today, making your farm a safer place to work and live doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In an industry that, this year, recorded almost double the number of fatal injuries, we can all agree that it has never been more important to rethink risk and put safety first. As the UK’s

Farm Safety Doesn’t Cost The Earth…

… but not doing it could cost you your life! Many farmers are happy to invest in their land, livestock and machinery but as we know, they are often reluctant to invest in themselves and their safety: It costs too much I can’t afford it Farming has the poorest safety record of any occupation in

Wake Up To Tiredness – Max’s story

In a recent survey into farmers across the UK carried out with our funder NFU Mutual, we found that many farmers need to be more aware of tiredness and realise how excessively long hours can play into the risks when farming. Almost seven in ten (69%) of those surveyed, identified tiredness as a major risk

Wake Up To Tiredness

Work-related fatigue can be very bad for your safety and your health and nowhere is this more relevant than in farming! In a recent UK-wide study of 95 farmers we carried out in partnership with our funder NFU Mutual back in April 2021, 69% of respondents identified tiredness as a major risk to farming safely.