People in the agricultural industry have been encouraged to brush up on their safety skills this year to avoid work injuries and injury compensation claims.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a campaign with the message that too many people are still being killed or injured in needless farm accidents.
HSE figures show that 38 people in UK agriculture lost their lives between January and November 2009 and the industry accounts for one in five work-related deaths per year, despite only accounting for 1.5 per cent of the working population.
"We offer farmers training, support and guidance on how to keep themselves and their workers safe and we’d much rather be doing that than dealing with the horrific consequences of accidents, most of which are easily preventable," commented Mike Wilcock, head of operations for HSE south-east.
Last month, Daylesford Organic Farms was prosecuted following the death of a worker, who was crushed under the wheels of a telehandler.