The Health and Safety Executive has published a report. This showed that agriculture has the worst rate of fatal injuries of all the industrial sectors in the UK.
The rate is around 20 times higher than the average five-year annual rate across all industries. Rough figures from April 2020 until March 2021 show that 34 people were killed in agriculture related activities. This is a significant increase on last years statistics.
While the number of people killed varies every year, the five most common causes of fatal injuries over the last five years remain:
- Being struck by a moving vehicles
- Killed by an animal
- Struck by an object
- Falling from height
- Contact with moving machinery
It was found that transport related incidents were responsible for more deaths than any other cause.
Managing The Risks
Acting head of agriculture at HSE said: ‘Agriculture is a vital part of our economy and everyone involved is rightly proud of the quality and standard of the food produced. It is not acceptable that agriculture continues to fail to manage risk in the workplace. We need everyone to play their part to improve their behaviour, do things the right way and ‘call out’ poor practices whenever they are seen.’
What Can You Do?
Maintaining sufficient levels of Health & Safety training within your workplace is vital to reducing the number of fatalities and accidents with the agriculture sector. Many people complete Health & Safety training to tick a box, and then it is forgotten about until it needs to be renewed. Maintaining consistent training for your employees reduces the risk of accidents, and creates a safer working environment.
Why not look at some of the courses we offer to help reduce the likelihood of accidents in the workplace? Our friendly team is always on hand to help you find the training you need to stay safe in your sector.