Farmers advised how to prevent accidents at work

Farmers in Scotland have been advised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) how to prevent accidents at work, which could also help them avoid having to make or answer injury compensation claims.

The HSE reminded these workers to wear safety straps when driving their tractors, especially during the harvest period.

Farmers who do not wear these straps or restraints while in a tractor are at greater risk of being thrown from its cab and being crushed between the vehicle and the ground.

"Lap straps can be fitted at relatively low cost when there are already mounting points on the seat, so could be considered a small price to pay for a potentially life-saving bit of kit," said HSE inspector Harry Bottesch.

Last month, specialist plastic surgery registrar Dr Anne Collins spoke at the National Farm Health and Safety Conference in Athy, Ireland, about the gruesome consequences of farm injuries.

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