Farm Safety Partnership sets industry targets

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The Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) has set a target to reduce the number of farming fatalities by at least 50% by the summer of 2023, in its latest initiative to transform the safety record in the farming industry.

The move came as over 20 representatives from across the industry gathered at NFU headquarters in Stoneleigh on 19 April to discuss the forthcoming health and safety campaign.

Over the next 12 months, the FSP will focus on four key areas:

  • Summer 2018: Children on farm
  • Autumn 2018: Falls from height and falling objects
  • Winter 2018: Transport and machinery
  • Spring 2019: Livestock

Opening the meeting, NFU Vice President and Farm Safety Partnership chairman Stuart Roberts said:

“Our ultimate ambition is to reach a point where there are no deaths in the farming industry. Our target on the way to achieving this is to at least halve the number of deaths over the next five years.

"To do this, the FSP has to up the ante. We must be bold and ambitious and push the farming industry to enact change quickly.

“With FSP organisations delivering a co-ordinated campaign and looking at specific actions each season, we can really focus our approach and save lives in our industry.”

  • Posted by: Richard SpencerPosted on: 14/05/2018 22:01:09

    Comment: I totally agree - we need to improve our safety record . criticisms are fine , but provide solutions !! Falls from height -can an industry where the price received is below the fully costed cost of production have sufficient financial resource to finance cherry picker hire / it is because we do jobs ourselves that food is still produced . DONT compare us with construction - if they spend 20 man hours every Monday on Safety issues , the time is factored in as a cost ; we have to absorb that cost .
    Young parents starting up a business do not in many cases have a baby sitter . It is in many cases a fact that if Dad does not look after junior while working because Mum has a job where she can't look after the child -alternative / Give up farming .
    Farm based events often allow children on static tractors . It sends the wrong message ; under 13s are NOT ALLOWED ON TRACTORS and therefore should NEVER be allowed on tractors . If a stop button can be fitted at the rear of a tractor , fit seats that can accommodate a child seat complete with safety harness . I could go on ; Yes , solve the problems , but offer realistic solutions compatible with a real working farm situation . !!!!!

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