Farm Safety Week 24-28 July

24 July by Miriam Heale


Al Murray is the face of #FarmSafetyWeek launched this week to raise awareness of what he describes as "the most dangerous occupation in the UK." 

Last year 30 people were killed in the farming and agriculture industry and many of these accidents are avoidable.  Of the 30 deaths, 20 people were self-employed, seven were employed, and three were members of the public, including a three-year-old child.

Farm Safety week, which is in its fifth year, aims to raise awareness and encourage better safety procedures across UK farms with the specific aim of reducing the number of accidents.

Al Murray retells his own personal story of rescuing a young farm worker, Chris Brown (18 at the time) who had trapped his arm in a baler.  Murray who was 12 years old at the time, was on his cousin’s farm, when he responded to the shouts of the trapped farmer and managed to shut off the machine and raise the alarm.  The young man didn't lose his arm, but it was an horrific accident and one that isn't uncommon across the UK.

To mark the start of Farm Safety Week (24-28 July), the HSE has also announced its latest annual fatal injuries in agriculture report for Great Britain 2016/2017. The rate of worker deaths shows some sign of improving, an annual average of 29 worker deaths, compounded by 2 or 3 members of the public killed each year. But it is a record the industry must improve, the campaign warned.

For more information on Farm Safety Week follow @yellowwelliesUK on Twitter or search the hashtag #FarmSafetyWeek