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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HEALTH AND SAFETY

Dying to Feed You: Corrine's eye socket was fractured

Welsh farmer’s wife and nurse Corrine Mathias suffered a fractured eye socket after being attacked by a cow.  Watch her tell her story in the video and read the report…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Dying to Feed You: Grace suffered multiple broken bones

Grace Addyman suffered multiple broken bones when she was hit by falling bales at her family farm. She tells us what happened on that day, the difficult surgery that followed…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Dying to Feed You: Beca fractured skull in quad accident

Beca Glyn was herding sheep across the road on her quad bike when she had an accident. Sadly, she wasn't wearing a helmet and the impact resulted in a serious…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Dying to Feed You: Mike Nixon fell 28ft through a shed roof

Mike Nixon fell through a shed roof to clean the guttering. He landed on a concrete scrape passage and sustained a serious spinal cord injury.  It began like a normal…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Dying to Feed You: Rob was attacked by a cow after calving

Rob Lewis was left with a fractured spine after being attacked by a cow while feeding a calf. Here, he tells his story. It’s a day that will be etched…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Dying to Feed You: James was dragged into a potato harvester

James Bannister lost his left arm after being dragged into a potato harvester. After the trauma of being stuck inside the machine for over two hours, he was airlifted to…

Practical advice

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How to manage less common farm health and safety risks

The fatal incident rate in agriculture over the past five years has on average been 21 times higher than that across all other industries. Incidents involving animals or machinery and…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

How to keep lone workers safe on farm

Working alone is taken for granted in farming, and while it is often necessary, a change of attitude could improve not only safety but also the working culture. Oliver Dale,…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Fire service issues bale storage advice after barn fires

As the warm, dry weather continues, the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has issued warnings to farmers after a recent spike in the number of barn fires.…

ARABLE

14 ways to stay safe this harvest 

Harvest is often an intense time for farmers and their families, with a dangerous cocktail of long working hours, large machinery and pressure to meet deadlines.  CXCS health and safety adviser Emily Jones shares some simple steps to…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Health and safety policy: What farmers need to include

There is no denying that farming can be a risky occupation. According to Health and Safety Executive figures, farmers and farmworkers are 20 times more likely to be killed at…

ROAD LEGAL

Trailer safety updates ahead of silage season

As the silage season fast approaches, farmers are urged to make sure trailers are safe and well maintained in line with current legislation. The Tilly Trailer Pass campaign was founded…

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Farm safety: Is there a level playing field for women?

Farm safety has become a much-discussed topic in recent years, and with good reason. Despite numerous safety campaigns, agriculture statistically remains the nation’s most dangerous industrial occupation. What is perhaps…

SPRAYERS

Options expanded for closed-transfer sprayer filling

Serious concerns about operator and environmental safety when climbing onto sprayers to pour neat chemical into the top of tanks were raised by safety regulators as far back as the…

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Farm safety advice issued in run-up to harvest

Farmers gearing up for harvest are being urged not to cut corners on safety, especially when working near overhead electricity cables. According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) data, an…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Farmers reminded of road safety after fatal tractor collision

Following a fatal road collision near Sherborne in Dorset, farmers are being urged to travel safely with heavy loads during the busy harvest period. Officers from Dorset Police are appealing…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Farmworker killed after tractor overturns in Dorset

A farmworker has died after his tractor overturned on a slope on a farm in Dorset. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating the fatal accident, which happened on…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Farmers warned of combine fire risk ahead of harvest

Farmers are being urged to take preventative measures to minimise the risk of farm fires this summer, as the busy harvest season approaches. The warning comes from rural insurer NFU…

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Insurer highlights common farm safety pitfalls

South West insurer Cornish Mutual has released a series of videos to help farmers and landowners avoid common health and safety pitfalls. The four videos were released following a recent…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Dying to Feed You: 12-year-old William Sayers lost his arm

William Sayers was 12 years old when he lost his arm in an accident on the family farm in Northern Ireland. Here, he tells his story. It was an Easter…

Farmer speaks out over horror at son’s fall through roof

A farmer has warned others about the dangers of working at height after he saw his son plunge almost 20ft through a roof to a concrete floor below. Yorkshire farmer…

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…