Free event to help North East farmers stay safe

North East farmers and agricultural workers are invited to a free event next week to help them get to grips with health and safety in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries

British farmers play a vital role in maintaining the countryside, yet, in the course of this work, they face one of the highest rates of death and serious injury of any industry in Great Britain.

Next Tuesday’s event, at Chester-le-Street, has been organised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to provide information on the main hazards faced by workers in the agricultural sector.

It will include practical demonstrations focussing on workplace transport, machine safety, working at height, handling livestock and safe lifting.

HSE principal inspector Eileen Anderson said: “Many farmers are self-employed or run small family businesses so we want to make sure they aren’t putting themselves, their family members and their livelihoods at risk.

“It’s an alarming statistic that farmers are ten 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.

“Good health and safety management just means controlling risks that could lead to incidents that can cost time and money, even if no one is injured.”

Two sessions will be running on Tuesday, October 8, at Pelaw Grange Stadium, Drum Road, Chester-le-Street, DH3 2AF.

To book a place, contact Neelam Donnelly by email on agriculture.shads@hse.gsi.gov.uk

For more information and advice on health and safety in agriculture visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/agriculture/index.htm

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