NFU publishes new guide to safe working at height

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The NFU is working with the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) and farmers and growers across the country to reduce the number of accidents on farm.

From October to December 2019, the focus is on working at height. The FSP is sharing guidance on how best to approach any work at height, following these key messages:

  • Avoid roof work or work at height maintaining buildings. Do as much as you can from the ground.
  • Use a professional contractor with the knowledge, skills, equipment and experience to safely work at height on buildings. Avoid doing the work yourself.
  • Where maintenance work at height cannot be avoided, plan ahead to make sure you have the right equipment and training.
  • Don’t be tempted to use the wrong equipment.

Read more: Controlling risk when working at height

The NFU has published a new guide offering practical advice to help prevent accidents when working at height.

Download the Safety Focus: Working At Height leaflet here.

Front cover of the NFU Working at Height leaflet 2019

Devon safety event

Above: NFU Vice President Stuart Roberts pictured at a farming health and safety event in the South West earlier this year

NFU Vice President and FSP chairman Stuart Roberts said:

“During the last few months of the year many farmers look to do general maintenance around the farm. While we farmers like to consider ourselves a jack of all trades, we need to start asking ourselves, what if the shoe was on the other foot? Would we let a builder grow our crops or care for our livestock?
“Even if we’ve always done something a certain way, we need to take the time to consider the safest course of action. Whether it’s finding a way to do the job from the ground, investing in training staff or hiring a professional contractor, all it takes is a bit of planning to make sure we have the right people, the right training and the right equipment for the job at hand.
“A safe workplace is not only crucial for our welfare and the welfare of our employees, but for the sustainability of our businesses too.”


2019 farm safety campaign

The NFU and partners in the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) have committed to work towards reducing farm work place fatal accidents by 50% by 2023.

This focus on working at height forms part of a year of campaigning activity which has also seen the NFU work with the Farm Safety Partnership to highlight the importance of working safely with transport and machinery, and around livestock, and ensuring the safety of children on farm.

The aim of the campaign is to highlight changes that can be made by farmers to farm work place behaviours which if implemented have the potential to significantly improve the safety record of agriculture and save lives often at minimal cost.

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