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NFU champions farm safety at Royal Welsh Show

The National Farmer's Union in Wales is teaming up with other organisations to promote farm safety this Farm Safety Week at the Royal Welsh Show.

Over the last 10 years on average one person every nine days has been killed in agriculture. Credit: ITV Wales

The platform will give the opportunity to highlight unnecessary risks taken by farmers which could end in tragedy.

On each day of Farm Safety Week the industry will focus on a different element including workplace fatalities, livestock and children on farms.

NFU Cymru President Stephen James has been emphasising the importance of farm safety after he was kicked by a cow on his farm in March, breaking several ribs.

Injecting cows in a loose area was something I had done numerous times, but this incident, and the subsequent discomfort, highlighted the risk I had been taking and how quickly things can turn for the worse.

Farming can be a dangerous occupation and assessing the risk before doing the job takes time, but thinking for a few moments to properly asses the job you are undertaking may save your life or prevent you from being seriously injured.

– Stephen James, President, NFU Cymru
The number of people killed at work in agriculture in Great Britain in the last year.

Figures released earlier this month by the Health and Safety Executive show that 137 employees were killed at work in Great Britain during 2016/17, of which 27 were in agriculture.

Over the last 10 years on average one person every nine days has been killed in agriculture.

The Wales Farm Safety Partnership will be hosting farm safety events over the course of the Royal Welsh Show.

The number of employees killed at work in Great Britain in 2016/17.

The charity behind Farm Safety Week said a change in attitude is needed for farmers to put their safety first.

For years, many farmers have thought ‘farm safety last’ rather than ‘farm safety first’ but with the support of the Wales Farm Safety Partnership and its members, this is starting to change.

It is wonderful to have such passionate, driven partners involved in Farm Safety Week. Reminding all farmers that farm safety is a lifestyle, not a slogan means that we can share the knowledge of safe working practices which means that farmers of all ages will have a greater capability to make informed and safe decisions which stands the industry in greater stead.

– Stephanie Berkeley, Farm Safety Foundation

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