Safety week sends out stark mes­sage to farm­ers

The Oban Times - - Farming -

FARM Safety Week 2016 has been pos­ing the sim­ple ques­tion: If you weren’t here, who would fill your boots?

Now in its fourth year, Farm Safety Week aims to cut the num­ber of ac­ci­dents which give agri­cul­ture the poor­est record of any oc­cu­pa­tion in the UK and Ire­land.

As part of the aware­ness rais­ing cam­paign, which ends to­mor­row (July 8), NFU Scot­land has been high­light­ing some of the main causes of death or in­jury on farms – falls, live­stock, machin­ery and trans­port, with a spe­cial fo­cus on child safety.

Last year, 33 fa­tal in­juries to agri­cul­tural work­ers were recorded – a rate of 9.12 deaths per 100,000 work­ers, which is sig­nif­i­cantly higher than any other in­dus­try.

Cabi­net sec­re­tary for the ru­ral econ­omy, Fer­gus Ewing MSP, said: ‘Farm Safety Week is a great ini­tia­tive to help raise aware­ness of safety is­sues on Scot­land’s farms.

‘More than 70 per cent of work-re­lated deaths on Scot­land’s farms come as a re­sult of four main causes: falls from height, trans­port, equip­ment and cat­tle han­dling.

‘Farm Safety Week is tak­ing steps to tackle the high num­ber of ac­ci­dents and fa­tal­i­ties in the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try – which is the high­est in any work­ing en­vi­ron­ment across th­ese is­lands.’

NFU Scot­land has plenty of farm safety in­for­ma­tion avail­able. To find out more, go to www.nfus.org.uk or visit the NFUS Face­book page.

Farm­ing has the poor­est safety record of any UK in­dus­try.

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