HSENI annual workplace fatality statistics show some signs of behavioural change but there is still a need to reduce the excessively high rate of accidents in the industry. Farm Safety Foundation, Farm Safety Partnerships, the Health & Safety Executive, Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and Health & Safety Authority, Ireland once again join forces to drive the initiative.
Wednesday’s theme – The Farm Safety Partnership View
Improving farm safety is of critical importance to the farming community today in Northern Ireland, and the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) is working tirelessly to change the mind-set and behaviour of farmers and their families. While much progress has been made since the establishment of the FSP in 2012, there remains much work to be done.
A 2015 survey of Northern Ireland farmers suggests that there could be as many as 100 incidents per month on farms which require some form of medical intervention, many of these needing hospital treatment. At this level, it is sadly unsurprising that some of the more serious incidents can result in life changing injury or death.
Keith Morrison, Chairman of the Farm Safety Partnership said: “Farming and food production play a crucial role in the life and economy of Northern Ireland. But unfortunately we have also seen farming in the headlines for the wrong reasons. All too often accidents happen on our farms which are preventable, so we want to continue to raise awareness for everyone working on, or visiting, a farm.
“Partners are committed to working together to drive forward improvements in farmers’ safety and health. We know that we need to continue to work with farmers of all ages to tackle the poor safety record and make farms safer places to work.
“But the partners know we can’t do this on our own. We simply can’t be everywhere at once. So we need farmers to take responsibility and make safety a priority every day. My message is that, ultimately, it is your health, your safety and your choice.”
The FSP launched a new 3-year Action Plan last September, with a number of practical actions designed to help change behaviours and ensure that farmers, their families and their employees are capable, motivated, and able to work safely. It is the firm belief of the FSP that by working together a sustainable reduction in injury rates and ill health in the farming industry is achievable.
For more information on Farm Safety Week visit www.yellowwellies.org (external link opens in a new window / tab) or follow @yellowwelliesUK on Twitter/Facebook using the hashtag #FarmSafetyWeek
For members of the press who would like to arrange an interview, either with the NI Farm Safety Partnership or with those featured please contact:
Donna McCullough or Joe Livingston, Communications, HSENI
Tel: 028 9024 3249
Notes to editors:
1. For more information on the Farm Safety Partnership please contact HSENI on 0800 0320 121 or visit the FSP webpage: https://www.hseni.gov.uk/articles/farm-safety-partnership
2. Farm Safety Week 2018 is supported by the Farm Safety Foundation, Farm Safety Partnerships, the Health and Safety Executive, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and the Health and Safety Authority, Ireland.
3. The Campaign aims to highlight the serious dangers posed by farms and offers themed practical advice and guidance for farmers. This year Farm Safety Week reminds farmers that farm safety is a lifestyle not a slogan.
4. The Farm Safety Partnership comprises the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), NFU Mutual (NFUM), the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) and the Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association (NIAPA). It is tasked with assisting Northern Ireland’s farming community to work safely and tackle the problem of work-related fatalities and injuries on farms.
5. The Farm Safety Partnership’s ongoing ‘Stop and Think SAFE’ farm safety campaign focuses on the four main causes of death and injury on our farms – slurry, animals, falls and equipment (SAFE).
6. For media enquiries please contact HSENI Press Office on 028 9024 3249 or email email@example.com. For out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 076 2397 4383 and your call will be returned.
7. HSENI is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland.