More needs to be done to make farming safer, says HSE

The Health & Safety Executive's latest data show a rise in the already high number of injuries in agriculture.

accident - image: James M Schoepf
accident - image: James M Schoepf

A total of 362 major injuries were recorded on farms during 2011/12, up from 354 in 2010/11.

The number of less severe, over-3-day injuries stood at 671, up from 594 in 2010/11. The total for non-fatal injuries saw a nine percent increase, to 1033.

Earlier HSE figures showed that out of the total of 173 workplace deaths in the same period, 33 were in agriculture, roughly in line with the past five years. Yet agriculture accounts for just 1.5 per cent of the workforce, making it the industry sector with the worst fatal accident rate.

Head of HSE's agriculture sector Graeme Walker said:

"Too many lives continue to be lost or damaged. We all have a responsibility to ensure serious workplace risks are reduced and sensibly managed. HSE is committed to working with farmers to raise awareness of the consequences of cutting corners and taking unnecessary risks and the benefits of improving standards."

Britain still compares favourably with other European countries on workplace health and safety, he added.




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