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Farmers called to ‘drive safety forward’ in new campaign to halve farm-related deaths

A focus on transport and machinery will kick off the NFU and Farm Safety Partnership (FSP)’s campaign at Lamma tomorrow (January 8).


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Farmers called to #drivesafetyforward in new campaign to halve farm-related deaths in five years

A major new campaign hoping to better the way farmers tackle farm safety is being launched tomorrow (January 8) at agricultural and machinery show Lamma.

 

The #drivesafetyforward campaign, headed up by the NFU and Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has an ultimate goal to reach a point where there are no more farming fatalities – or to at least halve the number of farm-related deaths by the end of the 2023/24 reporting year.

 

A focus on transport and machinery will kick of the first 12-months of the campaign, with particular emphasis on encouraging farmers to use the Safe Stop procedure, wear a seat belt, drive legally and safely, and ‘make your farm yard a safe yard’.


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The following three quarters will include advice on livestock, children on farms, and working at height.

 

Tomorrow’s day of action also hopes to encourage conversation and change farmers attitudes and behaviours towards health and safety.

 

Redouble efforts

Stuart Roberts, NFU vice president and chairman of the FSP, said the FSP was working to reverse the ‘terrible track record when it comes to health and safety in the workplace’.

 

He said: “I genuinely believe we are starting to see farmers and their workers responding and now it is time to redouble all our efforts in this area.

“Initiatives launched by the NFU and other FSP partners are having a positive effect, but we need to see more action on the ground.

 

“With the partnership delivering a coordinated campaign and looking at specific actions each season, we can really focus our approach on changing behaviours.

 

“I would urge all farmers and industry workers to support this incredibly important campaign which will work towards driving safety forward, saving lives and making our industry the best it can be.”

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