Farmers invited to safety event
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
Safety signage can play an important role in preventing injury in the rural workplace.
This month, farmers across Hampshire are being invited to attend a free event in a bid to help them reduce the number of injuries and deaths in what is Britain's most dangerous industry.
Hosted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the event includes practical safety demonstrations offering guidance on some of the common causes of injury and ill health in agriculture.
Sessions will cover transport and machine maintenance, working at height, chemical use, and manual handling.
Talking about the day, Steve Hull, the HSE's principal inspector, said that proportionately there are more work-related deaths in agriculture than in any other sector.
"This event will be an excellent opportunity for local farmers to get practical advice on how to take action to avoid people being killed, injured or taken ill on their farm," he said.
It takes place on Tuesday March 22nd at Oakland Farm, Alton.
HSE figures show that in 2009/10, 0.9 per cent of employees in Britain worked in agriculture, of which 1.4 per cent were injured. There were 48 major injuries reported in Hampshire over this period, one of which was a fatality.
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