St John Ambulance launches first aid training for farmers

St John Ambulance is launching emergency first aid and other training to agriculture workers in an effort to reduce the number of serious and fatal accidents every year.

The charity and leading training provider has tailored its popular Emergency First Aid at Work course to the farming sector and added “severe harm” content, to reflect the serious risks workers face on a daily basis.

Recent figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed 144,000 injuries are reported in the industry each year, and there were 160 fatalities from 2010-15.

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A higher proportion of people working in agriculture – 4% – sustain work-related injuries than any other sector in the UK.

John Cavanagh, St John Ambulance workplace training director, said: “The nature of their work means farm workers face high and severe risk levels; sadly that’s reflected in the large volume of injuries reported every year.

“These are people frequently using big, powerful machines and vehicles, often working in remote locations, so it’s vital to know what to do when accidents happen – particularly as injuries can be significant and life-threatening.

“Our expert trainers will equip people with first aid skills to help them how to deal with a range of incidents in the countryside. This can mean the difference between a life lost and a life saved in an emergency.”

Additional, specialised content on the new one-day course includes:

  • Managing severe bleeding sustained with cutting tools such as chainsaws
  • Treatment of amputations
  • Crush injuries
  • Casualties suffering from extremes of heat and cold.

The training aims to increase safeguards for workers in the farming industry – particularly where an employer’s risk assessment indicates that extra measures must be taken to manage potential severe injuries.

Training is delivered on site at a business’s premises, or can be hosted at one of St John Ambulance’s training centres across the region.

For more information visit the St John Ambulance website.