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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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…

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

Why on-farm water supply is critical to contain fires

Farmers need to be fully prepared to counter the risk of fire at any time but particularly at certain times of year such as harvest and during festivities such as…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Top tips for how to take on dangerous job of mixing slurry

Farmers are being warned by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) to take extra care when planning the dangerous job of mixing slurry. Slurry gas is a…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Rural property fires: Risks, rules and prevention tips

More heating and lighting is used in the winter months, so the risk of fire is higher. While there is concern over the risks Strutt, & Parker’s health and safety…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

What is lasting power of attorney and why is it so important?

Officially naming someone to have the power to take care of your financial affairs if you suffer an incapacitating illness or injury will allow a your business to function more…

LIVESTOCK

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…

BUSINESS

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…

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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…

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…

NEWS

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…

NEWS

Car accident survivor recounts her story

In 1998, when she was 16 years old, Hannah Knowles was a passenger in a tragic car accident that killed her brother Michael and three friends. She recounts her story…

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

Child safety fears raised over family farm TV show

A Channel 5 docuseries about a family farming in northern England has been branded “irresponsible” and “disappointing” after a number of scenes appeared to show health and safety breaches. Our…

NEWS

Rural community ‘devastated’ after farmer killed by bull

A rural community has been left devastated after a farmer was struck by a bull and killed on a farm in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Potato firm fined £40,000 after worker seriously injured

A Scottish farming company has been fined £40,000 for health and safety breaches after an employee sustained serious injuries in a fall from height. Alan Twatt Potatoes is a family…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Simple changes can help put sleep problems to bed

Farmers and farm workers are building up a “sleep debt” because they work long hours and are unable to switch off when they do get to bed, a Farmers Weekly…

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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…

FARMLIFE

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…

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…

NEWS

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…