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Free farm safety event

30 September 2013

North East farmers and agricultural workers are being encouraged to attend a free event next week to get to grips with health and safety in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.

The event has been organised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to provide information on the main hazards faced by workers in the agricultural sector.

British farmers play a vital role in maintaining the countryside, providing the main form of employment outside of urban centres and providing food for the population. Yet, in the course of this work, they face one of the highest rates of death and serious injury of any industry in Great Britain.

Practical demonstrations at the event at Pelaw Grange Stadium, Chester-le-Street, will focus on workplace transport, machine safety, working at height, handling livestock and safe lifting.

HSE Principal Inspector Eileen Anderson, said:

"Many farmers are self-employed or run small family businesses so we want to make sure they aren’t putting themselves, their family members and their livelihoods at risk.

"It’s an alarming statistic that farmers are ten times more likely than most workers to be killed while at work – and on family farms that fatality is very likely to be a relative or close friend.

"Good health and safety management just means controlling risks that could lead to incidents that can cost time and money, even if no one is injured.

"The event offers simple tips that won’t cost a lot to put into practice and will also give attendees an opportunity to catch up with other local farmers and share industry knowledge."

There will be two sessions running on Tuesday, 8 October at Pelaw Grange Stadium, Drum Road, Chester-le-Street, DH3 2AF.

To book a place contact Neelam Donnelly by email at

For more information and advice on health and safety in agriculture visit

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  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.

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