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Farmers advised to share responsibility for welfare of tradesmen

24th May 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Farmers and agricultural companies in the West Country should share accountability for their tradesmen's health and safety, an insurance firm has urged.

Cornish Mutual is concerned that a number of workers throughout Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset could be breaking the law without realising, as many are not aware that they have a legal obligation towards contactors who work on their sites.

Philip Wilson, business development manager for Cornish Mutual, said: "Problems often occur because of common misconceptions about who’s responsible for safety when a tradesman is employed to do a job, which is sometimes compounded by doubts around the tradesman’s legal status."

Mr Wilson warned that tradesmen should be assured of the extent of their work and have necessary insurance in place.

The issue of health and safety in the farming sector in Northern Ireland was recently tackled with the introduction of the Farm Safety Partnership, which aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries in the region. ADNFCR-2754-ID-801370375-ADNFCR


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