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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Norfolk grower trials closed-transfer sprayer system

A closed-transfer system for safely mixing and loading pesticides into sprayers has been successfully piloted on several UK farms, offering benefits to operators and the environment. The system transfers neat…


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,…


'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.…


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…


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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Renewed call for safety after two more farm deaths

Two fatal farm accidents have prompted reminders for farmers and farm-workers to stay safe at what is one of the busiest times of year. The separate and unrelated fatalities saw…


What to do if you have a health and safety farm inspection

Hearing that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is planning to visit can be a worrying moment for farmers. However, taking a proactive approach to health and safety and some…


Lung disease in farmers - how to keep safe

There are many health and safety hazards in farming, such as working from height, working with big machinery and handling livestock. One conditions that is discussed less often is a…


How to work safely near overhead power lines on farmland

According to the Farm Safety Foundation, at least one farmworker dies each year as a result of contact with an overhead power line. In the past five years, there were…


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…


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,…


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Safety campaign aims to reduce falls from height

Preventing injuries and fatalities involving falls from height on farms is the goal of a national safety campaign this autumn. After accidents involving vehicles (36%), falls from height (18%) are…


How new footpaths scheme will help prevent cattle attacks

A scheme that aims to reduce the risk of fatal accidents involving ramblers and livestock aims to be rolled out across south-west England. Cattle attacks on walkers have resulted in…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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Farm business to pay £35k after worker crushed to death

A Kent farming business has been ordered to pay more than £35,000 after a worker was crushed to death by a concrete beam. Trevor “Ted” Elson of AA Clifton Limited…


HSE to carry out welding inspections after safety alert

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is sending inspectors to businesses across the country to check that welding risks are managed properly, following a safety alert issued in February 2019.…


Two injured after cow runs amok at Welshpool market

Two men were treated in hospital for injuries after a cow escaped from Welshpool Livestock Market. Both the air ambulance and ambulance service attended the market at Buttington Cross, Welshpool,…


Trailer app aims to save lives on farms

A new app aims to save lives by reducing the number of accidents involving farm trailers. Launched at this week's Lamma event, the free Head to Tow app works with…


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Tractor run tribute held in memory of popular farmer

A tractor run has been held in memory of a hugely popular Kent farmer who died following a farm sprayer accident. Alan Dimbleby, 62, from Pratt’s Bottom, died after a…


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…


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…


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,…