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Campaign launched to highlight importance of farm safety

Between September and November people will be urged to think much harder about general maintenance on the farm, falls from heights and safety at harvest.

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Campaign launches to highlight different farm safety aspect each quarter

There is little to be proud about when it comes to farm safety in Scotland.

 

The industry across the UK has a very poor record with Scotland accounting for an acceptably high proportion of the casualties.

 

There were 33 farm related deaths across the UK in 2017 with five of these north of the Border.

 

A campaign aimed at reducing the toll was launched on Monday (September 3) by the cross-industry Farm Safety Partnership (FSP).

 

The focus will be on different types of farming activities each quarter.


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Between September and November people will be urged to think much harder about general maintenance on the farm, falls from heights and safety at harvest.

 

Safe Stop

Over the last five years 38 people have been killed in the UK by a moving vehicle; 12 people have been killed by contact with machinery; 10 have been killed by asphyxiation or drowning, including in grain stores or pits and slurry pits and eight people have been killed by contact with electricity.

 

The FSP urges operators to use the ‘Safe Stop’ method when working with machinery and vehicles.

The handbrake should be on, the controls in neutral, the engine off, and the keys out.

 

NFU Scotland chief executive Scott Walker said: “One death or injury on Scotland’s farms and crofts is frankly one too many.

 

“This autumn, it is about Your Safety, Your Choice, and as the darker nights draw in, and many are rushing to get the job done it is important to take a step back to make sure you are working safely.”

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