The NFU East Anglia step up harvest safety in new online series

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June 19 2020

The NFU East Anglia are asking farmers to make health and safety their top priority during the upcoming harvest season with a new online series.

The implications of the agricultural industry's fatality and serious injury records, particularly involving agricultural vehicles, is still significant. According to the union, more than one third (36%) of all farming fatalities involved moving agricultural vehicles, so farm safety needs to be at the forefront of the upcoming season.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the NFU East Anglia's planned on-farm health and safety workshops have been postponed, so a set of online webinars and videos have been curated instead.

NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts and NFU Farm Safety and Transport Adviser Tom Price will feature in a webinar on Thursday 25 June.

This will be backed by a series of videos looking at areas including vehicle safety, working near to power lines and safe stacking within farmyards, as well as a video focusing on mental health.

One of our Provider/Instructors has been involved in a short safety film for the NFU East Anglia highlighting dangers of Telehandler operation as part of their pre-harvest campaign.

NFU East Anglia Regional Director Rachel Carrington said: “Everyone in farming will know of someone who has been killed, or seriously injured, in an agricultural accident and the impact this has on their business but, more importantly, on their family, staff and their friends.

“We must do all we can to improve agriculture’s record on fatalities and serious injuries. Even though we can’t hold our normal pre-harvest workshops on farm we hope this virtual workshop will highlight these vital health and safety messages. An hour or two spent online could, literally, be a life-saver.”

NFU members can register for the webinar by emailing or by calling 01638 672111. The videos will be available to view via the NFU East Anglia regional pages from 25 June.