Your free farm safety checklist
It’s a fact of farming life that the workplace can be a dangerous one. Hazards that are part and parcel of the job include unpredictable elements, working with animals, using chemicals and operating heavy machinery. Add remote locations and long hours, and it’s clear that we need to take safety seriously.
An HSE report found that there were 21 fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2019/20.
Agriculture has the worst rate of fatalities from work injuries in the main industrial sectors, at 18 times the rate across all industries.
Over five years (2015/16 – 2019/20), 43 people were killed by vehicles, 24 by animals and 22 by falling from height.
There are approximately 14,000 non-fatal injuries to workers in the sector each year.
While the figures are startling, the real-life stories are much harder to bear. It’s something we’re all too familiar with at AgriWebb, as multiple team members know someone or have a story from back home about when farm safety was neglected. Few people who work the land haven’t been touched by on-farm tragedy in some way, and the effects ripple through rural communities.
One of the most important things you can do about farm safety is to talk openly about it. We’ve created a checklist to help to that end. It’s by no means definitive, but consider it a way to focus on issues you might be able to address in your operation.