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Farm injuries rise by 9 per cent across Britain

1st November 2012 | Warning Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The number of injuries on farms across the UK has risen by nine per cent, a recent study has found.

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed that 23,433 major injuries were recorded between April 2011 and March 2012, equating to a rate of 89.90 injuries per 100,000 workers.

The HSE found that 1.1 million people claimed they have suffered from an illness that was caused or made worse by their job.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health's (IOSH) North Wales Branch is another organisation that has called for better safety in the agricultural sector.

It recently held an event in Glynllifon where it urged farmers to prioritise quad bike and tractor safety.

Graeme Walker, head of HSE’s agriculture sector, said: "HSE is committed to working with farmers to raise awareness of the consequences of cutting corners and taking unnecessary risks and the benefits of improving standards."

Mr Walker explained that everyone has a responsibility to guarantee that workplace risks are reduced and managed sensibly.


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