Agriculture is the most troubling industry when it comes to health and safety at work, according to official figures.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report for 2016/17 finds that working on a farm is the most dangerous of all main industry sectors.
Injuries sustained can result from transportation and machinery, falling from height and manual handling.
A summary of the report says fatal workplace incidents within farming are 18 times higher than other occupations.
Potato harvest warning
The HSE has refreshed warnings about the dangers of working in the farming industry as the potato harvesting season approaches.
Over the coming months, inspectors from the safety body will be making surprise visits to farms involved in the growing, picking and processing of potatoes to ensure effective safety measures are in place to protect farmers and their workers.
The HSE website reads: “Incidents during potato harvesting season remain a common cause of serious and fatal injury and recurring causes include entanglement with dangerous parts of machines, being struck or run over by vehicles and falls from height.”
Irish safety warnings
The Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) in Northern Ireland says as many as 100 injuries requiring medical treatment take place each month in the British region.
The FSP has launched an action plan entitled “Sustainable Safety” to promote safer working practices in agricultural workplaces.
FSP chairman Keith Morrison says: “All too often accidents happen on our farms which are preventable, so we want to continue to raise awareness for everyone working on, or visiting, a farm.”
Reference: BBC News
Date Published: October 2, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown