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Accident at work news – Staffordshire event to promote safety for farmers

15th December 2011

Farming is considered to be one of Britain’s most dangerous industries. Although less than 1.5% of the population work in farming and agriculture, figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that an average of 35 people are killed every year, while many others sustain a serious personal injury. This is one of the highest rates of fatalities in any work sector.

The event aims to cut the number of deaths and injuries by helping farmers to understand about the potential causes of accidents and preventative action they could take against life-changing or fatal injuries.

Lynne Bolton, HSE principal inspector for agriculture in Staffordshire said, “We’ll be offering simple tips that won’t cost a lot to put into practice and could even help to boost productivity. The free events are also an opportunity to catch up with other local farmers and share industry knowledge.

“It’s an alarming statistic that farmers are ten times more likely than most workers to be killed while at work. I’d encourage them to give up half a day of their time to come along to the event in Newcastle-under-Lyme.”

Farmers who attend the event at Keele University will be shown practical demonstrations focusing on preventing an accident at work from working at height, manual handling, working with hazardous chemicals and maintenance of farm vehicles and machinery.

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