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Farming: the UK's deadliest industry

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Farming has now been dubbed as the UK’s “deadliest industry”. It has been named as the most dangerous profession for many years now by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Other notoriously dangerous jobs, such as working on a construction site, have seen fatalities reduce over the past 30 years. However, this has not been the case in the agricultural industry, as 30 farm workers on average are killed each year.

According to the HSE, workers in the agriculture industry are 20 times more likely to be killed at work than the average of all other sectors combined.

Statistics show that older workers are more likely to be involved in a fatal accident on the farm. This is partly because they have done the job for so long that they do not necessarily move with the times when it comes to health and safety. The key is to adequately train young farmers coming into the profession in a bid to hopefully reduce the number of fatalities that occur. Farmers are also encouraged to share good practices with each other.

A number of factors include solo working, which is common in this profession, as well as the dangers of the machinery used on the farm. Remote locations and poor mobile phone signal have also said to be contributory factors in delaying receiving medical attention.

So who will “fill your wellies” in the farm if something were to happen? Do you have adequate provisions in place for the farm to continue in the event of an injury, or worse?

At Birkett Long we have a specialist Agricultural team who can assist with lasting powers of attorney, wills, succession planning, farming structures and probate. We can help you and your family prepare for the future, or can assist should the worst happen.

I am based in our Colchester office and can be contacted on 01206 217394 or