Working as closely as we do with the farming community, both through our clients and many of us at home, we know that supporting Farm Safety Week is an important marker in the calendar.
It is a chance to remind everyone how a few easy steps can help keep us and those in our networks safe – this year’s theme is #Take5StayAlive.
Farm Safety Week is an annual campaign from the Farm Safety Foundation, often known as Yellow Wellies, established by the NFU to encourage those working in agriculture to think about how they can protect the safety of those working in and living on farms.
The focus this year is to ask everyone in the industry to influence their peers, family, colleagues and contacts to keep farm safety front of mind by creating their own content to support the message to the industry, around the theme of ‘take 5 stay alive’.
This translates into taking five minutes to plan farm tasks, making sure you evaluate the risks and make sure you think about how to keep yourself and those around you safe.
Why is it important to remind people of safety right now?
Harvest time as we know is a time where we know many people are working longer hours and are even more busy than usual which results in tiredness.
This is when mistakes can happen, so highlighting key risks and top tips at this point reminds everyone to take extra care, although of course it is vital to be thinking about farm safety all year round.