Calls to do more to improve safety on Welsh farms

33 agricultural workers died during in 2014/15 Credit: PA

There are calls to do more to improve safety on Welsh farms.

It comes as figures reveal agriculture is the riskiest industry in terms of fatal injuries.

1 in 100 workers are employed in agriculture, but it accounts for 1 in 5 fatal injuries.

Data from Health and Safety Executive shows that there were 33 fatal injuries to agricultural workers in 2014/15, which is up from 27 fatalities on the previous year.

In comparison, a freedom of information request to the Ministry of Defence showed 14 soldiers died during training exercises in the last five years.

Farmers and the Wales Farm Safety Partnership are now trying to educate workers on how to plan agricultural work and to be aware of defective equipment before they use it.