THE FUW is warning the agriculture industry not to be complacent when it comes to keeping safe on farms.
The latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show a reduction in farm fatalities, highlighting that 1 8 less people have lost their lives last year and 9 less than the 5 ‐year average (30).
Whilst this is the lowest number of deaths recorded in the last 5 years, there were still 2 1 deaths, including 3 in Wales.
Half of the workers killed were aged 5 5 years or older and the youngest person killed was a 4 ‐year old child.
Responding to the latest statistics, FUW President Glyn Roberts,
said: “Whilst this is a welcome reduction in fatalities, we still haven’t reached zero and just one death is one too much.
“There are still too many people dying on farms across the UK, and I urge the industry not be complacent ‐ your safety and that of your family is hugely important.
“Whichever way you look at it, we still have serious Health and Safety challenges on our farms: Over the last twenty years, other industries such as construction and quarrying have greatly improved their safety records, while unfortunately farming has not.
“It is frightening that you are, despite everything, six times more likely to be killed on a farm than you would on a building site.”