Planning 'key to avoiding farming accidents'

Professionals in the agricultural sector cannot afford to take shortcuts if they are going to prevent accidents at work occurring on their premises.

That is according to James Hewetson-Brown - manager of a farm in Basingstoke - who has urged fellow workers in the industry to make the health and safety of employees their primary concern as harvest season approaches in the UK.

One of Mr Hewetson-Brown's workers sustained a broken hand during an incident on his land at the corresponding time two years ago and the professional indicated this experience has resulted in him tightening up his safety regimes.

"They need to review whether their machinery is properly safeguarded and whether safe systems of work for dealing with blockages and maintenance have been agreed and communicated to all staff," he observed.

Meanwhile, Michael Baxter - inspector with the Health and Safety Executive, the independent watchdog on workplace standards - believes forward-planning to be essential in avoiding agricultural accidents.

Posted by Emily Swanson

17/08/2011 16:32