A FREE event for farmers organised by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in Northumberland attracted more than 300 people.
The safety training workshop at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus focused on the main hazards faced by people working in agriculture.
It comes as the most recent figures showed that the five-year average number of deaths in the industry is down, but the 2011/12 figures were worse than 2010/11, with 33 fatal injuries compared to 30 the previous year.
The event used practical demonstrations set up around the college campus on workplace transport, machine safety, working at height, handling livestock, safe lifting, and lift, truck and transport operations.
HSE principal inspector Eileen Anderson said: “Many farmers are self-employed or run small family businesses so we wanted to make sure they were not putting themselves, their family members and their livelihoods at risk.
“Good health and safety management just means controlling risks for example cutting out unplanned events that can cost time and money, even if no one is injured.
“The event offered simple tips that won’t cost a lot to put into practice and also gave attendees an opportunity to catch up with other local farmers and share industry knowledge.
“It’s an alarming statistic that farmers are 10 times more likely than most workers to be killed while at work - and on family farms that fatality is very likely to be a relative or close friend.”