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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SPRAYING AND FERTILISING

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…

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

Coronavirus: Advice for managing and keeping staff safe

Farmers may be wondering how to best protect their staff during the coronavirus outbreak. We asked Oliver Dale, managing director at Safety Revolution, and Sophie Walker, business manager at the…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Why new maize seed treatments require extra safety measures

Maize growers switching to alternative bird-repelling seed treatments this spring following the Mesurol ban are being advised to observe extra health precautions when handling seed. Respiratory health warnings accompany the…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

How to manage radiation exclusion zones for phone masts

Farmers with telecoms masts on their land must fully understand radiation exclusion zones to safeguard people’s health and protect against potential liability claims. Significant levels of exposure to the radio…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

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…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

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…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

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…

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

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…

ENVIRONMENT

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,…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

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…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

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…

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…

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

Coronavirus: School closures prompt farm safety reminder

Farmers are being asked to remain vigilant on workplace safety if their children are at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. The children of farmers, farmworkers and vets have been…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Farm shops introduce Covid-19 safety measures for customers

Farm shops are proving a vital lifeline in supplying food to many local communities, with many offering new home delivery services or contactless collection points to help get food to…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Coronavirus: Guide to help children keep safe on farms

Two new safety guides could come in handy for farmers who are keeping children away from school because of coronavirus. Although food producers are classed as key workers – which…

MACHINERY

Tilly and NFU Mutual team up for trailer safety drive

Rural insurer NFU Mutual has teamed up with the Tilly Your Trailer to promote its trailer safety campaign. Tilly Your Trailer is an 18-point inspection procedure and certificate aimed at…

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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,…

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…

Online safety tool launched for small farms

An online tool designed to help small farms actively manage risks and remain health and safety compliant has been launched. Rural insurer NFU Mutual’s SafetyHub aims to help farm business…

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…