Pledge to upskill yourself this #FarmSafetyWeek

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This #FarmSafetyWeek, farmers are asked to embrace safety training as a simple way to keep themselves, their families and their workers safe on farm by signing up to a new e-learning course the NFU has developed with Lantra.

NFU Vice President David Exwood says that making a pledge during Farm Safety Week to upskill everyone’s safety training in a farm business will go a long way to improve safety on farms, which needs to be a top priority for everyone.

He said: “As an industry we are constantly learning, from each other and through innovation, and we need to ensure this mentality is applied to health and safety.

Cost-effective way to increase awareness

“Pledging to upskill ourselves, either through repeat or new training, is a simple and cost-effective way to increase awareness and better identify and manage risks on farm. By investing in ourselves and our learning, we are actually investing in our farm businesses as we are our most valuable asset, so safety has to be a top priority.

“At the NFU we have been working with land-based training organisation, Lantra, to create a new e-learning course, developed with advice from the HSE. It offers reminders about the risks we all face on farm, including working at height or with cattle, and provides practical safety advice, including remembering to engage the brake when using a farm vehicle and wearing a helmet when riding on an ATV.

“We are about to embark on the busiest time of year in farming – harvest – and we must remember farm safety best practice. On my farm, we have just started combining and I will be ensuring that all workers take sufficient rest breaks and wear high visibility clothing.

“On the 10th annual #FarmSafetyWeek let’s work together to encourage each other to improve agriculture’s safety performance and ensure that no more unnecessary accidents take place. We can use this week to take action, such as pledging to upskill ourselves, to ensure our businesses and ultimately ourselves are protected.”

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Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is an avid follower of Stoke City.