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It’s harvest time again, a time when farmers traditionally work even longer hours. In the old days hours were restricted by the amount of light available, but that’s no longer a problem in the fields thanks to headlights.
This means that farm workers are going to be tired at this time of year, and tiredness can lead to errors which can lead to serious injury and fatality.
It doesn’t matter how old or experienced you are, you must always be aware of farm safety. The Health & Safety Executive runs free half-day Safety & Health Awareness Days (SHADs) for the agricultural industry to refresh the safety training and knowledge of anyone and everyone who works on a farm. At worst, you’ll spend time being reminded how to stay safe; at best, the information and awareness given could save your life.
It’s not just to prevent injury
Even if you think of health and safety in purely financial and business terms, taking steps to prevent injuries is a worthwhile exercise. As a farm owner, you would be looking at a rise in insurance premiums and may even be at risk of prosecution after an accident. This makes safety awareness and good training even more important.
Accidents involving staff will always have an emotional impact on those around them. Think of the implications of knowing an accident had happened on your farm and how your workers will feel afterwards, not to mention the family of the person involved.
We’ve been looking at some of the best safety tips that could help you prevent accidents on your farm this summer: