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NFU Scotland aiming to drive down farm deaths

Farm safety week runs from 4 - 8 July Credit: PA

NFU Scotland will be using Farm Safety Week, which takes place from 4 to 8 July, to highlight measures farmers and those working within the industry can take to ensure safety on farms.

From falls and transport to child safety, Farm Safety Week will ask “Who would fill your boots?” if something were to happen to you on the farm and cast the spotlight on people who have been touched by life-changing accidents as well as offering support and guidance for those working in this dynamic but dangerous industry.

The partnership – 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.

Farms can be dangerous places so it is important that everyone takes the necessary steps to stay safe while working. One death within the industry is far too many, and it is not just the initial impact but the long-term effect it can have on families and on the farm business.

The Farm Safety Partnership is working to change behaviours and attitudes by promoting measures that can be taken to reduce the risks of everyday farm jobs. Most people working within the agricultural industry 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 are grateful to those who have given the time to tell their stories in the hope that others will take note and not make the same mistakes they did.

– NFU Scotland Chief Executive, and member of Farm Safety Partnership Scotland, Scott Walker