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Douglas Ross

Douglas Ross
Communications Assistant
T:  0131 472 4108
M:  07823 556253
E:  douglas.ross@nfus.org.uk


Accidents on Scotland’s farm and crofts continue to take place, and as part of NFU Scotland’s wider work with the Farm Safety Partnership Scotland, it needs those working in agriculture to make their safety, and that of those working around them a priority.

In recent years the Union has stepped up its to raise awareness of the issue, participating in the annual Farm Safety Week, as well as delivering messages at key points throughout the farming and crofting calendar.

Figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed that over the past decade almost 80 men, women and children have died on Scottish farms and significantly more have been badly injured as a result of farming activities. That brings a catalogue of heartbreak and misery to numerous Scottish families and rural communities each year.

The statistics for the last decade show:

  • Thirteen people were killed on Scottish farms by falls when working at heights;
  • Nine people were killed in incidents involving livestock;
  • Twenty-six people were killed when their vehicles have overturned or they have been struck by a moving vehicle and;
  • Six people were killed when they came into contact with working machinery or equipment.

Farms can be dangerous places so it is important that everyone takes the necessary steps to stay safe while working.

Farm Safety Week 2018 - 16 to 20 July

This year’s Farm Safety Week takes place from Monday 16 July until Friday 20 July with farmers across Scotland telling their stories about accidents they have been involved in.

Watch this space for more details...

Ian Pirie, Aberdeenshire
Carole Brunton, RHET
Jimmy and Carol-Anne Warnock, Lanark
Mags Granger, RSABI
Peter Brown, Fife

The Health and Safety Executive released their annual fatal injuries in agriculture report for Great Britain 2017/2018. From quad bike accidents to animal attacks, agriculture still kills and injures more people than any other industry in the UK and Ireland. Report shows that in that time, 33 people were killed in agriculture, compared with 30 the year before. In Scotland for 2017/2018, there were five fatalities in the agricultural industry, down by two deaths on the previous fatality average of seven from 2013/14 to 2017/18. The most common cause of fatality involved being injured by an animal.

For full report visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/agriculture/pdf/agriculture-fatal-injuries-1718.pdf

There are simple, but effective measures that you can take to help protect you, your workforce as well as your family and visitors to your farm and croft. Please take time to read through our top tips:

Farm Safety Week

Farm Safety Week encourages farmers who have had accidents previously to speak about their experiences in the hope that it will help others to avoid making the same mistake they did.

Click on the files below to read more about those who have had accidents;

Working with animals
Children on farm
Transport – Quads and ATVs
Mental health and wellbeing
Working near powerlines


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Farm Safety Partnership Scotland

Farm Safety Partnership Scotland is a collaboration between NFU Scotland, Health and Safety Executive, Scottish Government and NFU Mutual – is working to significantly reduce the tragic toll of people who are killed or seriously injured on Scotland’s farms and crofts each year. The Farm Safety Partnership intends to change behaviours and attitudes by promoting the steps to reduce the risks of common farm jobs. Most people will be able to recall a close call situation that could so easily have resulted in serious injury or even fatality. By adopting some simple steps as part of everyday working practices we can reduce the number of accidents and deaths on Scotland’s farms. We speak to farmers across the country who have come forward to discuss incidents on farm that have had an impact on their lives and livelihoods.

The campaign focuses on four key causes of injury or fatality under the acronym FATE – falls, animals, transport and equipment, with child safety also covered.


Farm Safety Partnership Scotland - click to download the leaflet


Non-technical skills in agriculture

Non-technical skills are the social and cognitive skills needed, alongside technical knowledge and experience, to perform safely and effectively at work.  These skills are important in farming to prevent accidents and injuries.  The leaflet below explains what non-technical skills are and why they are important.

 


Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)


Scotland’s farmers and crofters can live and work in some of the most remote parts of the country which means when they suffer injuries it can be out of the question for traditional emergency services to reach them. That is why the link between Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) and the agricultural community are so important. The Air Ambulance are able to get to people that other services just are not and can be the difference between life and death.

Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance - a farmer's lifeline

Farm Safety Week 2016

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