Know How / Health and safety

Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the UK because of the high level of fatal accidents and life-changing injuries. Learn from the experiences of farmers who have been involved in an accident and read practical advice on how to make working on your farm safer.

Key areas of focus:

  • Preventing accidents such as falls from height
  • How to handle livestock safely
  • Safety around machinery
  • Slurry handling safety
  • Pesticide storage

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HARVEST

Video: Farmer shares lessons learnt fighting huge crop fire

Since the early start to harvest at the beginning of July, Twitter has been awash with reports of crop fires across the country, exacerbated by tinder-dry conditions. As the hot,…

NEWS

'I lost my leg in a farm accident' - a farmer's story

Harvest is one of the most dangerous times of the year for farmers, with long hours and heavy machinery making the potential for fatal or serious accidents higher than usual.…

FARMLIFE

How a farm contractor rebuilt his life after losing an arm

It was a hot day on 6 August 1998 – a date Gainsborough-based contractor James Bannister will never forget. The sun was shining and he was dressed in a T-shirt…

POULTRY

How to avoid accidents on poultry farms

Health and safety may not be everybody’s favourite subject, but it has to be taken seriously, especially when it comes to farming.  [caption id="attachment_1201203" align="alignnone" width="900"] Left to right: Farm…

Farm accident survivors share their shocking stories

Farmers in Scotland who have had an accident have been sharing their personal stories of what happened to them as part of Farm Safety Week. They want other farmers to…

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

Q&A: Changes to farm health and safety investigation fees

The hourly fee imposed on businesses for health and safety breaches has risen by almost 20% as of 6 April. The Health and Safety Executive’s fee for intervention (FFI) has…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

In photos: Simple checks to keep farm trailers safe

Farmers need to ensure that their trailers are safe and properly maintained ahead of the busy summer months. Transport-related accidents are among the main causes of workplace fatalities in agriculture,…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Tractor cab filters: are you protected?

Most operators and farmers will be well aware of the potential risks that working with agricultural chemicals brings, but with the right precautions, users will be kept free from any…

COMPLIANCE

The rules for legal storage of pesticides on farm

Pesticides must be stored properly to protect people and the environment, but stores can vary from purpose-built barns to converted buildings. We explain the rules so that you stay compliant…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Why on-farm water supply is critical to contain fires

Farmers need to be fully prepared to counter the risk of fire at any time but particularly at certain times of year such as harvest and during festivities such as…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Top tips for how to take on dangerous job of mixing slurry

Farmers are being warned by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) to take extra care when planning the dangerous job of mixing slurry. Slurry gas is a…

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

The farm trailer safety campaign set up by bereaved mother

Farmer Jane Gurney, whose son Harry Christian-Allan was killed in a trailer accident in 2014 is the driving force behind a vital trailer safety campaign. 'Tilly Your Trailer' is an…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Tractor cab filters: are you protected?

Most operators and farmers will be well aware of the potential risks that working with agricultural chemicals brings, but with the right precautions, users will be kept free from any…

TECHNOLOGY

How farmers will be affected by new drone rules

A clampdown against irresponsible drone flights near airports will also affect the proper and beneficial use of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in agriculture. Farmers, agronomists and agri-tech companies will…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Let's work together to improve farm safety record

If you work on a farm, statistics show you are less likely to make it home tonight than most other people who are at work today. Agriculture is one of…

Why are older people twice as likely to die in a farm accident?

If you work on a farm and you’re 65 or over, statistics suggest you’re significantly less likely to make it home tonight than someone who is younger than you. In…

Why accidents in agriculture remain stubbornly high

Despite its green and pleasant image, agriculture remains one of the most dangerous industries to work in. Rick Brunt, the Health and Safety Executive’s head of agriculture, tells Caroline Stocks…

NEWS

Rural road safety in the spotlight

If you judge a driver solely on how much experience they've had behind the wheel, young farmers should be some of this country's best. Just think about how much practice…

NEWS

Car accident survivor recounts her story

In 1998, when she was 16 years old, Hannah Knowles was a passenger in a tragic car accident that killed her brother Michael and three friends. She recounts her story…

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LIVESTOCK

Tributes to auctioneering legend killed in farm accident

Tributes have been paid to a well-known Cumbrian farmer and auctioneer who has been killed in a farm accident. David Thomlinson, 73, died on Saturday 8 June after being attacked…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Tractor driver caught using mobile while driving

Tractor drivers are being reminded that they are not exempt from mobile phone laws while driving on the roads. The warning comes after Devon and Cornwall roads policing team published…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Farmworker killed in freak trailer incident, inquest hears

A farmworker was fatally injured by a moving trailer while working on a tractor at the roadside, an inquest has heard. Alvis Smith, 48, from Tower Road in Wisbech suffered…

LIVESTOCK

Dehorning smoke contains toxic gases, scientists warn

Smoke released during cattle dehorning contains up to 12 times the safe level of a toxic gas linked to respiratory disease in humans, researchers have found. Trials carried out by…

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

Video: Tractor near miss on level crossing

This is the heart-stopping moment a tractor driver cheated death after narrowly avoiding a collision with a train on a level crossing. Dramatic footage has emerged from the cab of…

ARABLE

VIDEO: Simple tips avoid accidents at harvest

Simple but often overlooked safety tips can help farmers avoid accidents during the hectic harvest period. Pressure and stress on farmers at harvest can be a dangerous combination, says Phil…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Video: Tractor crashes into 130kV electricity pylon

A farmworker had a lucky escape after his tractor hit a National Grid electricity pylon – demolishing the structure and causing a major power outage. Emergency services were called to…

FARMLIFE

VIDEO: Farm safety smartphone apps

Agriculture has one of the worst fatal accident records in any sector, according to the Health and Safety Executive. Transport accidents, either being run over or vehicle overturns account for…