Farm Safety Week 2021

23 July 2021

Author: Ben Johnston
Practice Area: Health and Safety
Sector: Food and Agriculture

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Farm Safety Week 2021, led by the Farm Safety Foundation, draws to a close today, 23rd July. It is an annual event which takes place across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Over the course of the past week, the Farm Safety Partnership (“FSP”) in Northern Ireland has shared information focusing on a different topic each day to urge farmers to remain alert to the risks of working on a farm.

HSE (NI) has reported that four farm fatalities occurred in Northern Ireland in 2020 and two have occurred up to 16th July this year. Many serious accidents and fatalities take place due to incidents involving slurry, animals, falls and equipment (“SAFE”).

This year’s campaign has highlighted issues such as: the impact of tiredness when working [1]; the importance of using the right equipment, especially when working at height [2]; and a reminder to everyone to take care when working or enjoying leisure time in the countryside [3].

The final message of the week places the focus on personal health and wellbeing. HSE (NI) highlights the services offered by the Farm Families Health Checks Programme which “aims to improve the Health and Wellbeing of Farmers, Farm Families and Rural communities through Health Promotion and Health Screening.” [4]

Further information and guidance on issues relating to farm safety are available from HSE (NI) and HSE (GB).

As affiliate members of the Farm Safety Partnership scheme, Carson McDowell is keen to support the FSP in conveying these key safety messages to the farming community. We have a dedicated Food and Agriculture team including specialists that can advise in relation to health and safety law.

If you would like any further information or advice, please contact Ashleigh Birkett or Ben Johnston from the Health and Safety team at Carson McDowell.

*This information is for guidance purposes only and does not constitute, nor should be regarded, as a substitute for taking legal advice that is tailored to your circumstances.

[1] www.hseni.gov.uk/news/hseni-encourages-farming-community-wake-tiredness

[2] www.hseni.gov.uk/news/lack-farm-safety-could-cost-you-your-life

[3] www.hseni.gov.uk/news/work-or-leisure-stay-safe-countryside

[4] www.hseni.gov.uk/news/farming-community-urged-rethink-risk-personal-health-and-wellbeing

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