Agriculture sector sees increased workplace deaths
Workplace deaths in the UK agriculture sector increased significantly during the past 12 months, according to new figures released on Wednesday (June 30th).
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed that 38 agriculture employees lost their lives while at work between April 1st 2009 and March 31st 2010.
This was a disappointing performance, particularly considering a record low of 25 deaths was recorded in the 2008-09 period, and underlines the importance of using safety signs.
The HSE noted that the rate of fatal injuries in the sector was 8.2 per 100,000 workers, confirming it as the most dangerous industry for individuals to be involved in.
Graeme Walker, head of agriculture at the HSE, said: "The fact that many of these lives have been lost in family businesses is a double tragedy.
"Farming and agricultural work has a poor safety record compared with other industries - we cannot let this trend continue."
The HSE recently urged farmers to ensure they do not use the buckets of telehandlers to drive in fencing posts after witnessing a rise in injuries caused by this course of action.
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