Farm Safety Focus
On this page we compile the most recent farm safety news bulletins affecting farm workers and labourers in the UK. We will be updating this section, so feel free to check back regularly for any potential updates.
LKL Supports the Farm Safety Partnership's campaign on Safe Working at Heights
The Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) is promoting a Safe Working at Height message throughout October to December.
During these months a lot of farm maintenance is carried out and last year there were 7 fatalities from falls at height whilst carrying out these types of jobs. In addition, there were a large number of injuries, some of which may have been life changing.
Read the complete document here for questions to ask yourself before working at height.
Farm Safety Week - Tilly pass your Trailer
Have you looked at your vehicle maintenance? With harvesting time coming up it is a good idea to check maintenance of tractors and trailers.
Jane Christian Allen has been working tirelessly in memory of her son, Harry, who died in a trailer accident, to raise awareness of the importance of trailer maintenance checks.
Tilly Your Trailer is a trailer safety campaign to encourage farmers to get their trailers annually serviced and to perform daily checks to ensure they are safe prior to use.
The Tilly Test (named after the family dog) is an 18 point check carried out by approved testers to ensure that new and used trailers are reliable and safe. All testers are fully trained mechanics and undertake vetting to become testers.
All trailers that have been serviced and tested by approved mechanics display a red Tilly sticker to indicate that the trailer is safe.
Learn more about the Tilly your Trailer scheme here.
HSE to Focus on Livestock Handling Practices During Inspections
The HSE have stated that they will be focusing on livestock handling practices during their targeted inspections this year. This is because after transport risks, livestock related incidents were the second highest cause of fatalities in 2017-18.
The main causes of accidents were as a result of :
- Poor Livestock handling equipment
- Ineffective methods of moving animals
- Misjudging cattle strength, speed and behaviour
- Lack of physical ability to work with cattle.
The Farm Safety partnership are encouraging all farmers to review their livestock handling practices over the next 12 months.
A race and a crush should be essential pieces of cattle handling equipment and should be kept well maintained.
Ensure that staff are adequately trained and competent and know the risks of handling cattle.
An effective system for culling dangerous and temperamental animals should be in place - this becomes even more important if you have older staff .
‘Mind Your Head’ Campaign
Last month saw the Farm Safety Foundation supporting the 'Mind Your Head' Campaign, to raise awareness and encourage everyone to talk about mental health and wellbeing.
Mental health is just as important as any other health issue - so it’s important to know that you can talk about it and that you’re not alone.
Farmers often work long hours and have to deal with stressful situations. It is important to know that there is support out there if you don't feel you can talk to family, friends or colleagues
We have compiled a list of mental health support groups. You can see them here.