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Calling each other out on safety breaches could help farming industry

Over the past five years, one person has been killed by the agricultural industry on average every nine days.

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Calling each other out on safety breaches could help the industry turn its record around #Fit2Farm

Having the confidence to ‘call out’ friends and colleagues who breach health and safety rules on farm could be the starting point to seeing a change in the industry’s abysmal safety record.

 

NFU vice-president Stuart Roberts made the claim at the Future Farmers of Yorkshire’s #Fit2Farm event, Harrogate, suggesting farmers should be ‘taking ownership’ of the issue.

 

Over the past five years, one person has been killed by the agricultural industry on average every nine days.

 

Mr Roberts said: “Our industry is an absolute joke when it comes to health and safety. It does not take this issue seriously.


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“When I see daily footage on social media of people driving tractors on the highway filming on their mobile phones, or yet another quad bike rider without a helmet on, what do we do?

 

“We turn a blind eye to it. [We are not going to] embarrass our mates.

 

‘Be brave’

“But we should. And they should appreciate us saying it. Because we all need to be brave and point these things out, because we know they can kill people.”

 

The industry has the worst health and safety record around, Mr Roberts added – but the issue is not about lack of regulation.

 

“We have got to take ownership,” he said. “Because if we as an industry do not change our own culture, then actually that is not going to address the problem.

 

“And what is more straight forward that just stopping us killing each other?”

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