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

Advice and tips


Q&A: Rules on handling asbestos on farm explained

Many older buildings on farms contain potentially hazardous asbestos material which can be dangerous to human health when removed or repairs to damaged buildings are required. Farmers Weekly spoke to…


Rule reminder: Child safety on farm

Keeping children away from dangers at work isn't a problem in most professions, but for those who live on farms and have children, extra awareness is paramount. It can be…


How to protect staff and produce at farmers markets

Keeping staff, food and customers safe is a priority when selling at farmers’ markets. NFU Mutual technical manager, Nathan Brew, highlights five key areas of concern for farmers. See also:…


Certification and staff training – all you need to know

With the average age of a farmworker now 57, agriculture is set for an injection of young blood over the next decade and training the youngsters to operate the large,…

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Apps to assist lone farmers after accidents

We've all heard of tragic accidents that could have been prevented had the victim have been found earlier. But often, outlying fields, or out-of-the-way hillsides, are remote places that, if…


Team approach to cutting on-farm accidents

Farmers' wives and daughters are being targeted as potential leaders of farm health and safety in a bid to cut the number of fatalities and accidents in agriculture. Rural insurer…


It's time for a farming safety culture revolution

An industry that understands risks and how to avoid or manage them, where a fatality is a rare occurrence and health and safety is seen as integral to good business…


Complacent livestock handlers risk death

Over the past 10 years, an average of one person a week has been killed by an on-farm accident - and that includes the deaths of 81 people working with…

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Case studies


'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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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…


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…

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Father and son rescued after farm slurry incident

A father and son have been rescued after falling into a slurry pit in Northern Ireland. The two men, aged in their 40s and 70s, got into difficulty on a…


Tractor driver ‘lucky to be alive’ after horror crash

A tractor driver is lucky to be alive after a three-vehicle horror crash involving a stolen RS Ford Focus. The distinctive white Ford Focus RS Mk2 was in a serious…


Man in his 40s killed in farm machinery accident

A man in his 40s has died after becoming trapped by farm machinery in Northern Ireland. Emergency services were called to Moughley Road, in Lisnaskea, just after 12pm on Monday…


Man, 22, killed in tractor accident

A 22-year-old man has died following an accident involving a tractor in Denbighshire. Emergency services were called to Prion, near Denbigh, at 2.31pm on Saturday (2 June). The victim has…

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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…


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…


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…


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…

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