Tallis Amos Group (TAG) servicing teams have been promoting farm safety by contributing £15 from each harvest machinery safety expert check throughout the winter to the Farm Safety Foundation.

Ahead of farm safety week, which will take place July 22-26, 2024, TAG servicing teams have raised a total of £705 to support the foundation.

Sophie Marsh of the Farm Safety Foundation said: “‘We continue to hear too many tragic stories of farming-related accidents, with a particularly high number of fatalities in the industry this year alone.

“Vehicle incidents remain the leading cause of deaths and serious injuries in British agriculture, resulting in numerous major injuries such as amputations and fractures.

“Shockingly, UK agriculture accounts for 16% of all workplace deaths.”

Farm safety

Improving safety in the farming workplace is crucial and can be achieved through raising awareness of safer working practices, providing education and training, and improving day-to-day working environments to mitigate injury risks, TAG said.

“Ensuring well-functioning and maintained machinery is particularly critical for improving farm safety, especially given the wet weather conditions we have had.

“Ensuring equipment is safe and meets the highest of safety standards is paramount.”

TAG said accidents are minimised by machinery examinations and by keeping machinery maintained to a high standard.

Agricultural vehicles, trailers and equipment are regulated by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSW Act) and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

Compliance ensures workplace safety, including proper maintenance and employee training. Vehicles used on public roads must meet the Construction and Use Regulations 1986 and the Road Traffic Act, TAG said.