Incidents involving agricultural transport and other vehicles remain one of the major causes of fatal farm accidents in Scotland, according to the Health and Safety Executive.
And Scotland is not the only place in Britain where this particular risk is a concern; across Britain during 2014/15, 33 agricultural workers and four members of the public were killed as a result of being hit by farm vehicles or being crushed by cattle.
As a result, NFU Scotland has shown strong support for the Farm Safety Foundation's Farm Safety Week, which is designed to educate owners/managers of agricultural workplaces about safety priorities on the farm.
As part of the campaign, NFU Scotland is running a campaign centred around the theme, "don't learn safety by accident", which will focus on personal stories of people who have suffered injury as a result of the main types of farm accident – for example, machinery and transport incidents, falls from height and accidents involving livestock.
"Taking precautions to ensure the safety of you and your workforce can save lives, or help prevent serious injury. Much farm work is carried out using heavy machinery and equipment, and it is imperative that farmers put the safety of themselves and their employees first," commented Allan Bowie, NFU Scotland's president.
HSE's head of agriculture, Rick Brunt, was more blunt. "Deaths in farming have remained stubbornly high over the past few years and agriculture continues to have the poorest record of managing risk of any industry in Britain," he said. "The death rate on Britain's farms is more than five times that of the construction industry and 20 times higher than the all-industries average."
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