Safety con­cerns as farm fa­tal­ity fig­ures are on rise

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THE most re­cent sta­tis­tics for 2015/16 showed a fall in the num­ber of fa­tal ac­ci­dents in the farm­ing in­dus­try.

But although the toll of 29 was down from 36 in 2014/15, it is likely to rise when new data is published next month.

NFU vice pres­i­dent, Guy Smith, said: “Fig­ures for deaths on-farm dropped to 29 last year but that down­ward trend hasn’t been main­tained and it’s likely it’ll rise to nearer the aver­age of 37 for 2016/17.

That’s why we are con­tin­u­ing to sup­port the farm safety campaign and ed­u­cate farm­ers to stay safe on the farm.

“What I find par­tic­u­larly de­press­ing is that so many of these fa­tal­i­ties and ac­ci­dents could be avoided.

“A quar­ter of the fa­tal­i­ties in­volve mov­ing ve­hi­cles on farm.

“We are con­vinced that farm­ers and farm work­ers fol­low­ing some sim­ple ad­vice such as ob­serv­ing our Safe Stop rec­om­men­da­tions could see these num­bers fall even fur­ther.

“It should also be noted that an alarm­ing half of the fa­tal­i­ties oc­cur in the 65-plus age group.

“Agri­cul­ture is unique in the way it in­volves so many peo­ple who would, in other in­dus­tries, be be­yond the age of re­tire­ment.

“While agri­cul­ture is in many ways is richer for this, all ages must recog­nise that we are killing too many of our older gen­er­a­tion.

“I call on young peo­ple in particular not to be re­luc­tant to lec­ture their ‘old­ers and bet­ters’ to take more care on farm.

“It should also be noted that ac­ci­dents and fa­tal­i­ties peak in the sum­mer months.

“As we en­ter the sum­mer period, all farm­ers and farm work­ers should bear that in mind.”

Fa­tal­ity fig­ures for farm­ing make grim read­ing

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