Health and safety event set to benefit Cockermouth farmers
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
A free safety event, which may include the use of health and safety signs and door signs, will take place in Cockermouth next month.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is inviting farmers from across the town to attend the day, which has been organised in light of new figures that reveal the number of workplace deaths in Cumbria.
Statistics show that an agricultural worker is killed or seriously injured in the county nearly every fortnight, the regulator said.
Nine deaths and 95 serious injuries have been recorded over the past five years.
The safety event, which will be held at Lakeland Livestock Centre on Tuesday 9th November, will offer farmers guidance on handling livestock, workplace transport, quad bikes, roof work, manual handling and machinery, through a range of practical demonstrations.
"It's shocking that more than 100 agricultural workers have been killed or seriously injured in Cumbria over the past five years. Most injuries could be prevented by taking simple steps to improve safety," Peter Hamer, HSE agriculture inspector for Cumbria, said.
"Farming is a key part of Cumbria's economy and it's vital that those that work in the industry stay safe."
According to the regulator, most farmers make at least one change to their health and safety procedures after attending one of its safety days.
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