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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Managing welding fumes on farms – all you need to know

Farm businesses must now understand and mitigate the health and safety risks associated with fumes produced during welding and other metalwork tasks to protect the long-term health and wellbeing of…


Rule reminder – how to store fertiliser safely

The use of ammonium nitrate (AN) fertiliser is commonplace on British farms, but it is important to be clear about where and how it should be stored. AN fertilisers are…


Safe farms, safe staff and visitors – a guide to legislation

While agriculture employs just 1.5% of the total UK workforce it accounts for almost 20% of all workplace fatalities in Britain. Aside from the devastating impact on families, friends and…


Business Clinic: Is mountain bikers' use of woodland a risk?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Ken Kaar of Thrings advises on a landowners' concerns about use of their woodland…


Coronavirus: Diversified business pointers for safe reopening

Farm attractions should complete a documented health and safety risk assessment and operate a phased reopening after the coronavirus lockdown. The advice is among pointers provided by farm and estate…


Get ready for harvest: How to carry out a safety induction

Farmers who take on staff to help them over the harvest period should make sure all workers are given a clear health and safety briefing before they start work. It…


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Apps help lone workers stay safe on the farm

A Norfolk potato adviser who had to crawl for help after shattering his skull in a 9m fall is emphasising the need to stay safe when working alone on the…


Advice on first aid when there's a farm accident

It is well recognised that farming is a dangerous occupation. According to St John Ambulance, 4% of people working in agriculture suffer work-related injuries in an average year, higher than…


What farmers need to know about ash dieback

Few farm businesses will be spared the cost of dealing with ash dieback, and for those with infected trees straddling public roads, bills could run into thousands of pounds. Landowners,…


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…


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Cattle-related injuries 'like high-speed car crashes'

Farm accidents involving cattle are resulting in injuries as severe as those seen in high-speed car crashes, says a surgeon. Injuries among farmers arriving at hospital A&E departments following cattle-related…


Seasonal poultry workers granted Covid-19 travel exemption

Seasonal poultry workers from overseas have been granted an exemption to Covid-19 travel restrictions, allowing them to work in England during the busy run-up to Christmas. The exemption came into…


Safety concerns prompt temporary footpath diversion campaign

Rural groups have called for farmers to be allowed to temporarily divert rights of way after a spate of accidents involving walkers on farmland. Two walkers have been killed in…


Coronavirus: 18 staff test positive at Bernard Matthews plant

Eighteen workers at Bernard Matthews’ turkey processing plant in Suffolk have tested positive for coronavirus. The infections came to light after 100 staff were tested at Bernard Matthews’ Holton plant…


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Video: Young farmer cheats death in quad bike accident

A young farmer has told how she cheated death in a quad bike accident which left her with a fractured skull, neck injuries and major bruising. Beca Glyn, 26, was…

Video: TV ad highlights dangers of farms for kids

A hard-hitting TV advert to promote safety around farm vehicles has been launched by the Farm Safety Partnership in Northern Ireland. The ad features the possible aftermath of the accidental…


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…

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…