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Coming soon !!!!! Training for Farm & Estate Workers

RASCS are launching a new, interactive, online health and safety course for workers in Agriculture. It launches on 03 December 2021. Come and have a look at what the course is all about and register your interest now.

Despite the endless news stories about farm related incidents and the ongoing campaigns to raise farm safety awareness by the HSE and other stakeholders, we still regularly read reports about people of all ages who are being inured or killed at their work in agriculture.

You will be well aware that the Agricultural sector has one of the highest recorded fatalities rates across the world. Whether you work in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia or Africa, if you work in Agriculture you are 6 times more likely to be injured or killed at work when compared to workers in the construction sector and a massive 20 times more likely to be killed or injured when compared to the all industry sector average.

The most frightening, and common, fact about the numerous fatalities and the many hundreds of thousands of accidents and incidents is that they are all preventable.!!!! Here at RASCS, we are on a mission to raise awareness of health and safety in Agriculture, to make people see, that with a little bit of planning, some training and some changes in behavior, everybody can go home safely after a hard days work.

We work with farms and landed estates across the UK advising and training owners, managers and workers all about the simple techniques that can be applied to keep people safe at work. We try to get people to change their attitudes towards safety, to think of the deaths and injuries not as statistics,  but as fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, as families that will see the Police walking up their drive to tell them that dad, mum, brother or sister won’t be coming home tonight and that their lives have now been changed for ever.

On 22 September 2021 a young woman was killed when she came off her quad bike. She was pronounced dead at the scene in Castle Douglas. Our message is get some formal training, wear a crash helmet at all times when on a quad bike and drive according to the conditions.

There was a very lucky escape for one farm worker who fell 40 foot into a silo on a farm in Bedfordshire. The emergency services were able to retrieve the man alive after many hours using breathing apparatus, a specialist rope rescue team and a drone viewing the scene from the sky above. Our message is plan the work activity and ensure that all risks have been assessed. Put in place effective control measures which will include fall protection and ensure that there is an emergency plan in case things go wrong.

An 80 year old man has been trampled to death by cattle on a farm in Gloucestershire. His body was discovered by a dog walker. Our message is follow the published HSE guidance about working near cattle. Be aware of the risks and be vigilant.

Keeping people safe in agriculture requires you to take action. It requires planning and it needs owners and managers to be proactive when it comes to identifying and controlling risk. It is wrong to think of farming as an industry that comes with the risk of injury or death. It is acceptable to consider agriculture to be a dangerous place in which to work where leadership is required, where risks have to be identified and controlled and where people need to be given the right level of training and supervision to keep them safe at work every day so they can go home to their families.

It’s time to act:

  • Ensure that you have completed risk assessments for all hazardous activities in your business and put in place control measures that will work.
  • Train your staff. Good induction training and other training to ensure that they are competent and safe in their work.
  • Lead by example and do not accept bad attitudes towards safety or dangerous practices. The hazards and dangers that you walk past and ignore are the standards that you set in your business.
  • Follow the advice and guidance that is freely available to you from the HSE and other sources.

Coming soon !!!!! Training for Farm & Estate Workers

RASCS are launching a new, interactive, online health and safety course for workers in Agriculture. It launches on 03 December 2021. Come and have a look at what the course is all about and register your interest now.

If you want to discuss health and safety in agriculture then contact us now for a discussion about keeping your people safe and your business prosperous.