Farmers have been urged to make conditions safer for workers following new figures, which show that 31 people died from farming injuries in 2013 and 2014.
Chemical injuries, electric shocks, machine-related injuries, deafness, bad weather, repetitive work, dust, noise and slips, trips and falls are all among the traditional hazards that industry employees face.
Transport was once again the most common reason for fatalities over the past financial year. Nearly one in three (32%) deaths were caused by accidents involving vehicles, with 10 people dying as a result.
These incidents included being hit by moving transport, crushed between working vehicles, structures and equipment, trampled by tractors or trapped by overturned vehicles.
Representatives from the Country Land and Business Association and the National Farmers’ Union have each warned farmers about the need to change a sometimes “cavalier” approach towards safety.
Richard Pearson, the union’s regional director for the North East, said that some cost-cutting was endangering lives, adding that more thought was needed.
Dangerous livestock proved deadly
A further hazard is dangerous livestock, the figures suggest. This can lead to broken bones, bruising, crush injuries, infectious diseases and bites.
Bulls were behind three of the past year’s farming fatalities. People aged between 33 and 78, the oldest of whom was not a farm worker, all died as a result of aggressive bulls.
Fragile roofs were even deadlier, killing four workers aged between 38 and 61, according to the statistics.
Overall, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recorded a total of 424 agricultural deaths between 2003 and 2004 and from 2012 to 2013.
Well over half of the people killed were self-employed workers, around 30% were staff and 13% were members of the public who died due to the work of others.
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Date Published: December 17, 2014
Author: David Brown