Five countries working together – England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Five countries over five days with five themes and one message – that farm safety is a lifestyle not a slogan.
Farming continues to have one of the poorest safety records of any occupation in the UK & Ireland but all the main farming organisations in the partner countries are working together for this week to address this…
The initiative is supported the Farm Safety Foundation, Farm Safety Partnerships, the Health & Safety Executive, Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and the Health & Safety Authority, Ireland.
Farm Safety Week UK & Ireland has been timed to take place alongside the Royal Welsh Show, the pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar.
Last year’s HSE Health & Safety in Agriculture report stated that there were 27 fatal injuries to farm workers in 2015/2016 in Great Britain. 21 people lost their lives in farm accidents in the Republic of Ireland and an additional 12 in Northern Ireland. Despite more noise around farm safety, farmers of all ages are still taking risks when working and this needs to stop.