Farm Safety Week 2018 started Monday 16th July 2018.
This week has covered a range of topics, farm vehicles, child safety, livestock and machinery to name a few. The reason for the farm safety week, is to “raise awareness” of the serious accidents and fatal injuries in the industry.
The plan is to focus on good practice in agriculture health and safety. A solicitor at Kirwans law firm James Barker, said “Risk assessments are not just a ‘nice to have’,” and “These days they are an important legal requirement and an essential part of managing a farm.”
A good risk assessment will identify any hazards present in your workplace, and the likely-hood that those hazards could result in injury.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have confirmed that older workers are especially at risk when it comes to farm safety with recorded stats showing that 14 out of the 29 fatalities, come from the 65 years and over age group.
Between March 2017 and April 2018 there were 33 deaths recorded, these recorded figures included four members of the public and two sadly being children.
For more information on child safety in agriculture you can visit The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also have additional guides on their website, to help you complete your risk assessment and the information is fairly simple to understand.
Reading through theses guides will help you to identify the risks in your workplace and how you can put in place measures to control them.
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