Health and safety

Farming remains one of the UK’s most hazardous industries. According to the Health and Safety Executive, agriculture has the worst rate of worker fatal injury (per 100,000) of all the main industry sectors, with the annual average rate over the last five years around 20 times as high as the all-industry rate.

Tragic accidents can cause life-changing injuries, and employers must take steps to ensure they and their staff can work safely.

In order for farm businesses to stay sustainable, health and safety measures need to be put in place and any issues addressed and resolved as quickly as possible.

Farmers Weekly – Farm Safety Resources for 2024

The Farmers Weekly recently highlighted advice from Northern Powergrid which forms part of their ‘Look Up It’s Live’ campaign ahead of Farm Safety Week 2024 (22nd – 26th July).

The Farmers Weekly website also offers a large selection of resources in the Know How area to help farmers, farm workers and farming families stay safe this harvest, and beyond. It includes articles offering practical advice, downloadable booklets, case studies and videos.

Tilly Pass

  • The Tilly trailer Pass offers the opportunity for trailers to be maintained to the legal standard. For further information click here.
  • To ask a question or Book your trailer for a Tilly, email:
  • Download the Head to Tow app here to find the daily checklist for your trailer or find an authorised mechanic to carry out the Tilly Pass annual 18 point inspection on your trailer.

Safe Ag Systems

Safety management software developed for practical application on farm, Safe Ag Systems is designed to train and gather records in real-time and remove the physical paperwork associated with safety and compliance. See below links that are generalised to managing safety in agriculture.

Farm Safety Foundation/Yellow Wellies

The Farm Safety Foundation have developed a series of guides that can be downloaded below:

The Farm Safety Partnership

The Farm Safety Partnership – of which FCN is a member – regularly runs campaigns focusing on different aspects of workplace safety.

Particularly when it comes to children, we all have a responsibility to ensure we’re farming safely and not putting anyone at risk.

Farms can be hazardous environments and the risk to children can be higher than other industries. It’s important to remember that children under the age of 13 are prohibited from driving or riding on any agricultural machine.

You can find out more about the work of the Farm Safety Partnership here.


Further information on farm safety can be found on the Personal Resilience page under working safely.

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