This week is Farm Safety Week. An annual initiative led by the Farm Safety Foundation, it seeks to reduce the number of accidents in farming. Some 20 farm workers and one member of public – [...]
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#Fit2Farm – Farm Safety Week
39 people lost their lives on GB farms in 2018/2019 meaning that, tragically, farming remains one of our country’s most hazardous industries, accounting for 1% of workers but 22% of all worker fatalities. These figures are stark and the stories behind them are those of pain and loss, but sadly they’re not surprising. With heavy machinery, lone working, large animals and countless other risks, everyone who works in the industry knows farming can be dangerous. But are we doing enough to keep ourselves and each other safe?
This #Fit2Farm focus is farm safety.
One of the biggest dangers we all face is complacency; when a job becomes routine, we can become careless. Ensuring we take time to reflect on what we do could save a life. Indeed, support to make your work safer has never been more readily available. To get you started on your #Fit2Farm farm safety week why not download the what3words app? This great (free!) app can translate your exact location to three unique words. When given to the emergency services, these three words can direct them to your exact location. Perfect for lone working.
You will find video blogs form health and safety provider Vicky Anderson and Yellow Wellies, as well as personal account from farmer, Jack Bell, on what he does to make his farm a safe place to live and work.
We hope that you will join the conversation, share ideas and maybe find changes you can make to keep you #Fit2Farm.
11th November 2019