Dying to feed you

Help change farming's safety record

a Farmers Weekly campaign,
in partnership with Safety Revolution

Johann Tasker
Chief reporter, Farmers Weekly


The fatal accident rate on British farms is higher than in any other sector. While only 1% of the British workforce is employed in agriculture, the sector is responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents at work.

In 2020, there was a shocking year-on-year increase in the number of avoidable farm deaths. Farmers Weekly’s own assessment (confirmed by the HSE) suggested there had been more than 50 deaths on farms in the past 12 months.

The number of self-reported non-fatal accidents is equally shocking. According to the latest statistics from the HSE, there were 12,000 in 2020 – this is almost double the all-Industries rate.

Farming is one of the UK’s most dangerous jobs – with the highest number of workplace fatalities of all occupations. We have to do something about this.

Farmers Weekly is pledging to use its voice, influence and reach to reduce the accident rate in agriculture. Earlier this year we performed a survey on farm safety and the results will be published in a forthcoming issue of Farmers Weekly magazine and online at FWi.co.uk.

In the meantime, if you have had an accident on your farm and feel that your story would help our campaign, we would still like to hear from you.  You can share your story using the form below.

Johann Tasker
Chief reporter, Farmers Weekly

Share your story

If you have had an accident on the farm and would be willing to share your experience with others to help aid our campaign, we would like to hear from you.

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Campaign partner

The team at Safety Revolution are delighted to be working with Farmers Weekly to reduce deaths in agriculture and to show how we can work together to create safer farms. Building strong and positive safety cultures delivers happy and safe teams, less incidents and improved productivity. We look forward to exploring individual case studies and shining a light on the best farm safety cultures.