The week sets out to reduce the number of deaths and injuries and offers support and guidance for those working in the industry.
The week comes just after the release of HSEs annual fatality statistics as figures for the agriculture sector highlight just how poor farming’s record is.
Martin Temple, HSE Chair said:
“Everyone involved in improving workplace health and safety has a role to play in helping Great Britain work well.
I personally have some experience of the challenges and risks farmers face on a day to day basis having grown up on a farm. Farming has changed and with new and different working practises and a transient workforce, all farmers need to constantly revisit and re-consider the risks faced by the people working on their farm.”
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing remains the riskiest industry sector in the UK with 27 workers being killed on farms last year and three members of the public, making a total of 30 people according to HSEs recently released fatality figures for the sector.
“National Farm Safety Week provides an ideal opportunity for everyone working in the agricultural industry to raise their voice”
Martin added: “National Farm Safety Week provides an ideal opportunity for everyone working in the agricultural industry to raise their voice, and have the conversation around how managing risk well in the workplace is good for farming and all those working in agriculture.”