Farmers urged to take care and prevent accidents at work

Farmers are being urged to take care and prevent accidents at work now that the weather is warming up and they are spending more time outdoors.

The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) bulletin for April includes information on a number of incidents that highlight the dangers involved in working with farm machinery.

"Other incidents reinforce the message to take care when working at height and there is also a reminder to pregnant women on the risks to them and their baby associated with lambing," a summary of the bulletin stated.

The bulletin notes that farmers are more likely to die or be seriously injured in accidents at work than those working in most other industries in Britain.

Men working in agriculture are two and a half times more likely to die at work than they are in a car accident.

Back in February, farmers in Moray and the Highlands of Scotland attended two safety events held with the aim of reducing the number of accidents at work that take place.

Posted by Trevor BakerADNFCR-2070-ID-800505917-ADNFCR

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