Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster supported this year’s Farm Safety Week, which began on July 19 and concludes tomorrow (Friday, July 23).
Organised by leading farming ch-arity the Farm Safety Foundation, it encourages the farming community to rethink risk so we can finally start to reduce the number of life-changing and life-ending incidents happening on UK and Ireland’s farms.
Throughout Farm Safety Week, the Farm Safety Foundation, supported by the Farm Safety Partnerships, the Health & Safety Executive, Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and the Health & Safety Authority, Ireland, asked people in the industry to speak up for safety and make our farms safer places to work.
Farming has the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK and Ireland so the week brings five countries together to encourage farmers and farm workers to view health and safety as an integral part of their business, carry out risk assessments and recognise the changing hazards and risks on any busy farm.
Michael Reid, from YFCU, said: “We are proud to support the annual Farm Safety Week campaign.
“On a farm, as with any business, the number one resource is the people.
“A farm incident – whether fatal or causing serious trauma – can have awful, potentially lifelong consequences for a business, not to mention a family.
“Injuries on our farms are still happening much more often than they should and this needs to stop,”
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