Farm safety initiative raises over £700 for charity

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Tallis Amos Group (TAG) servicing teams have been promoting farm safety by contributing £15 from each harvest machinery check throughout the winter to The Farm Safety Foundation.

They announced that they have raised a total of £705 to support the charity, ahead of Farm Safety week, which takes place July 22-26.

The foundation say that safety in the farming workplace is crucial, especially as NFU research shows accidents can occur up to 21 more times in agriculture than other industrial sectors.

Key measures involve raising awareness of safer working practices, providing education and training, and improving day-to-day working environments to mitigate the risk of injury.

Ensuring well-functioning, maintained machinery meets safety standards is also critical for overall safety on the farm, especially given the recent wet weather conditions in the UK.

TAG has a qualified team of expert technicians covering an extensive area, from the Cotswolds across the West Midlands and Wales, each conducting a TAG Machinery Safety Expert Check.

Their service evaluates all mechanical safety aspects of a tractor, including checks for track rod play, kingpins, wheel bearings, neutral start circuits, lights, and pick-up hitches.

Sophie, from the Farm Safety Foundation, says: “We continue to hear too many tragic stories of farming-related accidents, with a particularly high number of fatalities in the industry this year alone.

“Vehicle incidents remain the leading cause of deaths and serious injuries in British Agriculture, resulting in numerous major injuries such as amputations and fractures. Shockingly, UK Agriculture accounts for 16% of all workplace deaths.”

Agricultural vehicles, trailers, and equipment are regulated by the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998.

Compliance ensures workplace safety, including proper maintenance and employee training. Vehicles used on public roads must meet the Construction and Use Regulations 1986 and the Road Traffic Act.

Find out more about the Farm Safety Foundation here.

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