Safety on Farms - A Shared Responsibility

Introduction

Deaths and injuries on farms are a serious problem for the employer, employees, contractors and visitors. On average, 52 people die in agricultural accidents each year, whilst over 2000 people suffer non-fatal injuries.

This leaflet is aimed at farmers and growers, people who periodically work on farms, drivers who collect and deliver farm goods and others making commercial visits to farms. It emphasises the need for a shared responsibility, by the farmer and the visitor. It also describes practical measures to help prevent accidents.

This guidance has been produced in consultation with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), organisations representing farmers and growers, agricultural supply companies and agricultural contractors. Following the guidance below will assist in preventing harm to all people on farms.

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