Farm Safety: highlight it, prioritise it, address it

The Health & Safety Executive are carrying out a programme of targeted inspections on farms this spring; alongside this, the Farm Safety Partnership launched the #DriveSafetyForward campaign at the beginning of January, which is focusing on different aspects of farm safety throughout the year. Winter looked at farm machinery, spring focuses on cattle, whilst summer addresses children and autumn on working at height.

The agricultural sector has the poorest health and safety record of any industry in Britain; whilst the sector accounts for a huge 20% of work-related deaths each year, it only makes up 1.2% of the British workforce. It is clear that there is a huge amount of work to be done within the sector to achieve the campaign’s ambitious reduction in injuries and fatalities by summer 2023, of 50%.

So, how can you make your farm safer and more compliant?

Alongside reviewing your insurances, McClarrons can assist with a risk management strategy. By establishing, documenting and reviewing your procedures, we can help you make and maintain sensible arrangements to minimise the hazardous situations on your farm, or prevent them altogether.

We can assist with auditing to identify whether you are exposed to the top causes of accidents and whether you have effective controls in place to prevent them.

The HSE campaign is designed to ensure that those who are responsible not only for their employees’ health and safety, but their own, are complying with the law to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities in the industry.

With the campaign’s spring focus being on cattle, and this having been the biggest cause of farm fatalities in Great Britain during 2017-18, we urge farmers to take note and ensure their farm meets the HSE’s standards, not only in preparation for the inspections but to ensure the safety of themselves and their farm workers. The HSE has provided guidance around “What a good farm looks like”, here.

McClarrons can also assist with covering you for HSE inspection fees through our specialist Management Liability policy – Rural Protect.

To find out more about Rural Protect or to find out how McClarrons can assist you with a Health & Safety Review, contact us at or on 01653 697055.

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