Being safe on farm and reducing the high level of life changing incidents should be a priority for all who live and step foot on farm holdings.
In the last ten years, 388 farmers, their family members or farm workers have been killed on British farms and of these, 38 were in Wales. Thousands more have suffered serious injuries which still impact daily and changed lives forever.
With this in mind the Farmers’ Union of Wales is reminding farmers to book their space at the upcoming ‘Saving lives and livelihoods’ farm safety awareness events.
The Wales Farm Safety Partnership (WFSP), a collaboration between all the key organisations representing agriculture and allied industries in Wales, is determined to reduce these stubbornly high statistics by persuading farmers of all ages to attend a regional workshop on general farm safety.
The day will include short practical demonstrations that could help you reduce the risks of farm accidents and injuries and covers areas such as general farm safety, including child safety, safe handling of livestock, working at heights, operating all-terrain vehicles safely, safe use of farm machinery – lift truck and tractors and handling chemicals safely.
The next two events are held on Tuesday, August 28 at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys. LD2 3SY and on Wednesday, August 29 at Ruthin Livestock Market, Parc Glastir, Ruthin LL15 1PB. Both events start at 1pm and finish at 4pm.
Huw Jones, the FUW representative on the WFSP, said: “These training courses are not to be missed. Safety on farms is of paramount importance and these farm safety awareness events offer plenty of good advice and examples of what you can do to make sure you come home safe.”