Farming is second deadliest industry in UK

Figures released last year show that farming accidents account for the second highest work-related deaths in the UK

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Working from heights, heavy and hazardous machinery, and being around unpredictable animals, are all factors that make the farm one of the riskiest workplaces in the UK.

The statistics

Data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that between 2011 and 2016 there were 152 deaths related to farming accidents.

The figures show that the farming industry accounts for 1.5 percent of all workers, but 15-20 percent of all worker fatalities according to the Health and Safety Executive.

Stephanie Berkeley, who heads the Farm Safety Foundation said:

The facts are shocking: 27 farm workers lost their lives in the workplace in 2016/17 and many more sustained life changing injuries.

Combating the problem

To try to combat this the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society and the Farm Safety Foundation are collaborating on a new farm safety initiative. The campaign focuses on highlighting the key risks that farmers face and aims to spread awareness surrounding making the simple day-to-day tasks a lot safer.

The initiative’s importance was made more apparent after a farming death in Bradford last Sunday (18th February). The 60-year-old farmer, Charlie Lovell, died after becoming trapped in farm machinery in West Yorkshire, police confirmed.

John Hassall, expert accidents at work solicitor, stated:

The farming industry is such a vital and proud part of the UK’s workforce and has been for many years. With this is mind, to see that nearly one person is dying every fortnight on a farm is both shocking and distressing.

We welcome the NFU Mutual safety initiative, but we also appreciate that there is a long way to go before the farming industry is rid of preventable accidents.

How we can help

If you or a loved one has been affected by an accident on the farm, getting back on your feet can be a traumatic time. People often feel as though there is no one to turn to, and they do not want to upset their employer.

At Percy Hughes & Roberts, we understand that making an accident at work claim is a big step, and you are right to take the time to think about your options carefully. If you do decide to claim, we aim to make the whole process as easy as possible.

If you would like to contact our expert accident at work solicitors you can do so by calling 0800 781 3894 or by completing the “Get in touch” form on this site.

For more information about the farm safety initiative please visit - www.nfuonline.com & www.yellowwellies.org/