Don’t Become a Farm Fatality Statistic this Year, FUW Urges Farmers

Agricultural Policy Trawiadau: 342

Agriculture is known to be one of the most dangerous professions, which often sees farmers and farm workers working in solitude, challenging weather conditions and in stressful situations.
The figures published in the Health and Safety Executive’s report 'Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2018/19' show 39 people were killed as a result of farming and other agriculture-related activities during the year. This number is 6 more than last year and 6 more than the 5-year average of 33. Nearly half of the agricultural workers killed were over 60 and transport, such as overturning vehicles or being struck by moving vehicles, caused most deaths.

Together with our partners in the Wales Farm Safety Partnership, the FUW is working on raising awareness and reducing the risk of harm faced by those in the industry. The aim for the first 3 months this year is to bring better awareness of transport and machinery incidents. Here are the key points of advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for ATVs:

And remember, always wear a suitable helmet! For more information and advice, please click here.