Agriculture

Our latest campaign is encouraging those working in the industry to #WorkRight and reminding workers of the importance of managing risk well on farms.

HSEs latest prosecutions stand as a stark reminder of the attitudes and behaviours that continue to impact the agricultural industry’s safety record.
We’re still seeing fatal injuries years after the legislation that could have prevented them was introduced and so we’re calling on farmers to take responsibility and Work Right so that everyone can go home healthy and safe from work.

The latest figures from HSE show that 33 people were killed in agriculture across Britain in 2017/18.  The causes of death were not new and reflect the same patterns of previous years.

The death rate is around 18 times higher than the all industry fatal injury rate and these figures remind us that complacency is not an option if we want to effect real and lasting change.

We are working with The Farm Safety Partnership to remind those who work in the industry can be part of the change that is so badly needed.

Everyone has a role to play in achieving this target and only by working together can we help make real change, to save lives and prevent ill health and injury across the sector.

Managing risk should be part of each and every task and at the front of every farmers mind each and every day, particularly as we are in a time of constantly changing farming environments.

Our current focus is on managing the risks of machinery and transport on farms and reminding operators of the need to follow the very simple safe stop procedure when getting out or off a vehicle.

Over the next few months we will be focusing on:

  • machinery and transport
  • livestock
  • children on farms
  • falls from height

HSE’s current programme of inspections to review health and safety standards on farms is taking place across the country and we’ll be sharing the good/bad practice our inspectors have been finding on our Twitter channel @H_S_E using the hashtag #WorkRight.

The aim of these inspections is to make sure that those responsible for protecting themselves and workers are doing the right things to comply with the law and prevent death, injury and ill-health so they can go home healthy from work.

More information on what topics HSE will be looking at when our inspectors visit farms can be found in our What a good farm looks like guide.