On-farm health and safety - are you up to speed?
Over the last decade, Wales has seen 47 farm-related deaths – with victims aged from just four years old to 86.
According to the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Alun Davies AM,
“The persistently high level of deaths and serious injury on our farms has been a big cause for concern for all those linked to the industry. I believe that true partnership working is the key to making sure that every farmer is equipped with the knowledge they need to come home safe and sound.”
St John Wales have developed a training course, designed especially for the farming sector which focuses on the treatment and prevention of common farming injuries. The charity’s aim is to equip at least one person on every farm in Wales with vital first aid knowledge.
Free first aid taster sessions will take place at the Royal Welsh – in a bid to encourage as many farmers as possible to sign up to a course. Visit the St John Wales stall during the show (C255).
Jon Phillips, Director of Training for St John Wales, said:
“The statistics for agriculture-related injuries in Wales make very worrying reading. The minutes after someone is injured by machinery or kicked by an animal, for example, could be vital if there was someone on hand to treat a casualty whilst waiting for an ambulance.
“We want to train at least one person on every farm in Wales in a bid to cut the number of serious injuries and fatalities. There is no doubt that having people on farms and in the workplace who are specifically trained in first aid could be the difference between life and death.”
For more information on first aid courses for farmers, e-mail St John Wales at email@example.com or telephone 0845 678 5646.