Menter a Busnes has secured funding to work alongside the Wales Farm Safety Partnership (WFSP) to raise awareness of farm safety and reduce the number of incidents on Welsh farms.
Since 2021, the WFSP has involved a collaboration of agricultural Stakeholders, including the Farmer’s Union of Wales (FUW), working together to raise awareness of farm safety and promote good practice to achieve reductions in the number of death and serious injury incidences on farms.
Of the major industrial sectors, agriculture has the highest rate of fatal worker injury per 100,000 workers. According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive report, there were 3 fatal injuries within agriculture, forestry and fishing in 2019/2020 across Wales, a total of 21 across Great Britain.
While it is positive to note that the number of fatal injuries is reducing, the award of £69,000 will allow Menter a Busnes and the WFSP to continue this downward trend.
A dedicated Health and Safety Officer will be appointed and further advice and guidance will be made available in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive.
The FUW welcomes the additional funding and initiatives and will continue to work with Menter a Busnes and the WFSP alongside Farm Safety Ambassadors Mr Alun Elidyr and Mr Glyn Davies to promote farm safety.