Latest figures show that 30 people were killed last year in agriculture. A shocking figure on its own but as a fatality rate it shows agriculture to be 6 times worse than construction and 18 times worse than the national average for all industries.
This is made worse knowing that the precautions and controls to prevent these needless deaths are well known and usually straightforward to implement.
Over the last 35 years the fatal injury rate for agricultural workers has shown no clear trend, although there are some signs of improvement in the last 5 years. Clearly there is still much to do to properly manage and control risk of injury to farmers, their workers and the public, including children. During Farm Safety Week we called on the Farm Safety Partnerships and other stakeholders to build on their work and increase the momentum to improve the industry’s record.
Source – HSE