Farmers across the UK have been urged to consider the implications of injury compensation claims and fines if they fail to meet their health and safety obligations.
In the past five years some 82 farm workers have suffered fatal injuries during the harvest season between July and October with almost half of all deaths in the sector since 2004 occurring in these months.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said that time pressures and increased use of potentially dangerous machines account for the spike in work injuries.
"Our message to farmers is to stop and think," said HSE inspector Alan Plom.
"Stopping a machine and making sure it comes to a standstill costs nothing more than a few seconds of time. Those seconds may prevent an injury that lasts a lifetime."
Agricultural workers have also been warned to take extra care to ensure the safety of children on their farms during the summer months, after it emerged that 43 fatal injuries to minors have occurred over the last ten years.