Industry urged to put farming safety first

Farming organisations are working hard to improve the UK’s farm-safety record, according to the NFU.

Latest statistics show a fall in the number of fatal accidents for the second year in a row, but agriculture remains the industry with the highest rate of fatal accidents.

The Health and Safety Executive figures were published during Farm Safety Week, designed to highlight the risks farmers face every day.

They show a fall in fatal accidents this year to 27 workers – down from 29 workers in 2012/13.

The Farm Safety Partnership, which is chaired by the NFU, is an industry-led initiative committed to improving agriculture’s safety record and to help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries.

NFU vice president Guy Smith said: “While any drop in the statistics is welcome news, we must not forget that every number represents many shattered lives.

“The NFU is actively working to help raise awareness of health and safety issues across the industry.

“The Farm Safety Partnership is leading the way to raise awareness, with each organisation that is represented dedicated to raising safety standards.

“We are committed to helping to reduce these accident statistics and believe that a good safety record is proof of a professional, modern industry.”