Farm Safety Week 20-24 July 2020 round up

Friday, 24 July, 2020

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) supported this year’s Farm Safety Week, 20-24 July, organised by the Farm Safety Foundation by creating and sharing a series of social media posts throughout the week. The leading farming charity encouraged the farming community to recognise the real dangers of working in the industry and the importance of looking after their physical and mental wellbeing each and every day, not just for Farm Safety Week.

This year’s campaign focused on the impact of COVID-19 on the industry and the support available, as well as highlighting the positive moves to changing the poor safety record and introducing some exciting new innovations in technology to help us all farm safer.

UFU president Ivor Ferguson said, “We were proud to support the annual Farm Safety Week campaign, an initiative which the UFU takes part in every year to help raise awareness of farm safety and reduce work related fatalities on farms. Farmers are renowned for their hardworking ethos and with a lengthy to-do list pressurised by numerous factors such as time constraints and weather, they often put their own safety at risk to get the job done as quickly as possible.

“COVID-19 has re-emphasised the importance of looking after our physical and mental well-being and it is vital that we maintain this approach when working on the farm all year round. The UFU cannot stress enough how important it is for farmers to stop and think about what they’re doing on-farm because when working with slurry, unpredictable livestock and high-powered technology, it only takes a spilt second for a life changing injury or fatality to happen.”

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