NFU Cymru is supporting this year’s Farm Safety Week (20th - 24th July) organised by leading farming charity Farm Safety Foundation encouraging the farming community to recognise the real dangers of working in the industry and the importance of looking after their physical and mental wellbeing each and every day, not just for Farm Safety Week.
Throughout Farm Safety Week, the Farm Safety Foundation, supported by the Farm Safety Partnerships, the Health & Safety Executive, Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and the Health & Safety Authority, Ireland, will demonstrate the impacts of the recent Covid-19 situation on the industry and the support available as well as highlighting the positive moves to changing the poor safety record and introducing some exciting new innovations in technology to help us all farm safer.
NFU Cymru President, John Davies, said: “We are proud to support the annual Farm Safety Week campaign. This has been a particularly challenging 2020 for all of us however, over the past few months, f armers have been recognised as key workers that play an essential role in producing food for the country. Agriculture may have the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK but there are signs that this is improving and we want to be part of this change. It’s in all our interest to take safety seriously.
Stephanie Berkeley, Manager, Farm Safety Foundation, said: “This has been a particularly challenging 2020 for all of us and we are only halfway through! It is encouraging that, over the past few months, farmers have been recognised as key workers that play an essential role in producing food for the country.
"There are no borders when it comes to safety and this year’s Farm Safety Week 20
24 July will see partners in five countries* over five days showing a united front in calling for the industry to take safety seriously each and every day, not just for Farm Safety Week. (*Ireland, N. Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales).
"Like any farmer scanning his fields for green shoots, we are doing the same across the industry and we’re optimistic that a change is happening. There has been a 37.5% decrease in the number of agriculture workers losing their lives on our farms. Farmers are starting to make decisions that are in their broad self interest and in the interest of staying safe and staying alive. Young farmers are coming into the industry with improved attitudes to working safely. More farmers are being open about looking after their physical and mental wellbeing and using technology, learning business skills and taking innovative steps to make their
farm businesses safe, resilient and sustainable.
"Farm Safety Week may be one week in the year but the Farm Safety Foundation is working all year round to educate, engage and communicate strong and relatable farm safety messages and deliver this change. We are very privileged to have this opportunity to work closely with the farm safety partnerships, health and safety organisations and the industry to drive safety forward.”