UFU encourages participation in Farm Safety Survey

Wednesday, 30 January, 2019

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The Ulster Farmers’ Union is calling on the 8,000 farm businesses selected at random to complete and return the voluntary Farm Safety Partnership Survey. The questionnaire has been developed to better inform the Partnership about what is happening on farms and the results will be used to support its work so that farmers stay as safe as possible.  

UFU deputy president Victor Chestnutt said; “Making progress on the difficult issue of farm safety depends, in part, on knowing more about the situation on the ground, including the type and number of accidents that are occurring.  We want to gather information on non-fatal accidents, farm work practises, areas of hazard and farm safety investments so that any future training and advice is tailored to what the industry needs.”

Mr Chestnutt says those who have received a survey have been selected at random and while participation is voluntary, it would be of huge benefit to the Farm Safety Partnership to obtain the accurate and up-to-date information needed to improve health and safety on farms. “I also want to assure those who complete the survey that the information collected will be held in strict confidence and only used for analysis and statistical purposes. Your experience and opinions are very important to us, so please be open and frank in your responses,” he said.