INSPECTORS from the Health and Safety Executive issued 30 prohibition notices and 78 improvement notices in a week-long blitz on farms in Suffolk.

The inspectors visited a total of 171 farms in the county to offer advice and, in many cases, to start enforcement procedures.

Richard Bulmer, HSE principal inspector, said lots of farmers displayed a sensible approach to health and safety.

“However, the blitz identified many shortcomings and it was sad that in this day and age inspectors were obliged to serve enforcement notices on such well known hazards as power take-off shafts,” he said.

A significant number of farmers continued to see training as an unnecessary burden and needed to make better use of local training groups, he added.

The inspectors‘ visits were largely made by appointment although some unannounced visits were also made.