R.A.B.I is supporting this year’s Farm Safety Week, which runs from July 15-19. Organised by the Farm Safety Foundation, the campaign encourages farming people to use good safety practices while working on the farm.
According to the HSE Workplace Fatal Injuries GB 2019 report, there were 32 fatalities in the agricultural, foresting and fishing industries in 2018/2019. The full agricultural report will be released on July 15, to coincide with the start of the campaign.
Stephanie Berkeley from the Farm Safety Foundation said: “Farming, as an industry, is absolutely vital to the UK economy –it is the bedrock of our food and drink industry. On a farm, as with any business, the number one resource is the people so why is it that farmers give more attention to their livestock, crops and machinery than to themselves and their own wellbeing?”
Throughout the week, the Farm Safety Foundation will share stories of resilience and messages to inspire farmers to look after their physical and mental wellbeing and reduce the number of life-changing and life-ending accidents on farms.
Stephanie added: “Many farmers are using technology, learning business skills and taking innovative steps to make their farm businesses safe, resilient and sustainable but it is equally important for them to realise that they are the farms greatest asset. Investing in your physical and mental wellbeing will be the only way to really future proof your business and your life.”
For more information on Farm Safety Week, visit www.yellowwellies.org or follow @yellowwelliesUK on Twitter/Facebook