The death of a farmer in Beaminster in 2014 has led to calls for bigger and better steps to be taken by employers in the agricultural industry. Agriculture industry accidents have resulted in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) calling for improvements to be made across the industry. This comes soon after the latest round of figures on fatalities and injuries in all workplaces were released.
A farm worker lost his life last year in Beaminster when the JCB he was operating fell into a slurry pit. On the whole fatalities and injuries in the workplace in general are falling and have been doing so for years. However farming is known to be among the more potentially dangerous industries to work in, since there are many potential hazards that are present. This is one of the main reasons why the Health and Safety Executive has highlighted the cases that have occurred in this industry, so employers can do more to protect their workers at all times.
Fortunately it is now very rare for an accident to occur in a workplace, especially if it involves serious injury or a fatality. However, even one such occurrence is too many.
What injuries can potentially occur on farms?
Injuries could potentially come in all kinds of forms. For example they may be very minor but still cause some discomfort to those concerned. As we have seen above the presence of heavy machinery can put people into potentially dangerous situations if the proper steps are not taken to make sure they are always safe. The presence of farm animals may also be a hazard at times, so there are many potential hazards that can crop up in agricultural businesses. Fortunately most employers will attend to such hazards to minimise the dangers very quickly indeed.
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Source: Dorset Echo
Date Published: February 9, 2015
Author: David Brown