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Farmers to face serious penalties if failing to manage workplace risk

In particular, inspectors will be checking that risks are being controlled in four key areas: machinery, falls from height, children on farm and livestock.

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Farmers to face serious penalties if failing to manage workplace risk, says HSE

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will ‘not hesitate’ to use enforcement and serious penalty on farmers who are failing to manage workplace risk, inspectors have said.

 

Farm inspections are set to begin again shortly and will review on-farm health and safety standards, ensuring those who are responsible for protecting themselves and their workers are doing the right things to comply with the law and prevent death, injury and ill-health.

 

In particular, inspectors will be checking that risks are being controlled in four key areas covering machinery, falls from height, children on farm and livestock.


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HSE head of agriculture Rick Brunt said everyone in farming had a role to play.

 

Mr Brunt said: “We are seeing signs of a change in attitude across the farming industry and while this is encouraging, these inspections act as a reminder to farmers of the importance of managing risks so that everyone can go home from their work healthy.

 

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“Those working in the industry need to understand the risks they face and the simple ways they can be managed. Those that work with the industry can be part of the change that is so badly needed.

 

“Farmers, managers and workers are reminded that death, injuries and cases of ill-health are not an inevitable part of farming.”

 

For more information on what topics the inspectors will be looking at during inspections, click here.

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