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Employers not taking social distancing seriously

Only 15 per cent of agricultural workers felt their employer has taken social distancing rules seriously as the industry kept on working throughout the pandemic.

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Employers not taking social distancing seriously

A new report by The Compensation Experts has revealed agricultural workers did not feel their employers were taking social distancing rules seriously.

 

This was mirrored across all sectors, with only 37 per cent of employers taking social distancing seriously, resulting in 39 per cent of UK workers to feel unsafe in their place of work.

 

Agricultural workers scored how safe they felt in the workplace as a 6.6 out of 10.


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NFU farm safety adviser Tom Price said maintaining good health and safety in the workplace was a hugely important issue and they were hearing from members every precaution was being taken to make the workplace as Covid-secure as possible.

 

“However, most businesses which have had to continue running as normal throughout the pandemic will know it is not always possible to maintain social distancing in the workplace,” he said.

 

“The Government has also recognised this and offers guidance on other measures that can be taken if this is the case, from working in small cohorts to limit infection risk to staggering start and finish times.”

 

He added every person working within the food supply chain had played a ‘crucial role’ in keeping the nation fed and deserved to feel safe at work.

 

“If farmworkers have further suggestions on how to improve safety measures in the workplace then we urge them to speak to their employer.”

Workplace feature (safety scale, 10 being very safe)

  • Workplace machinery – 5.4
  • Conditions of floor – 6
  • Conditions of building – 6.4
  • PPE equipment – 6.6
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