Prevention is the key to safety in Agriculture, forestry and fishing operations. Having robust safe systems or work is key in driving down statistics in these sectors and all other work sectors. Agriculture, forestry and fishing HSE Report.
Struck by a moving vehicle was the most common cause of fatal injury in agriculture
Figures published in the Health and Safety Executive’s report ‘Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2020/21’ show 41 people were killed as a result of farming and other agriculture-related activities during the year.
Transport – overturning vehicles or being struck by moving vehicles, caused most deaths.
Agriculture has the worst rate of worker fatal injury (per 100,000) of all the main industry sectors, with the annual average rate over the last five years around 20 times as high as the all-industry rate.
More than half of the workers killed were aged 60 years or older.
The youngest person killed was a 2-year-old child.
Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2020/21 – Print poster (hse.gov.uk) outlining who and how were killed in these operations can be viewed in the link above or scan the QR code below to view the poster. It is sobering reading for the sector and with 9 employees killed, 27 self-employed killed and 9 members of the public killed, these number need to be driven down. 11 people were killed by an animal in the report period making it the second highest way to die on a farm after being killed by a moving vehicle where 11 were killed. These numbers are on top of the 12,000 plus non fatal injuries, the 13,000 suffering new or long-standing industry related ill-health.
Remote First Aid, provides this sector with specific first aid at work training for high risk environments. We support employers, organisations, and the self-employed working in these sectors, a number of workplace first aid training courses. The selected training will relate to the outcomes of their specific needs, that would have been directed by their risk analysis. Here are some example’s of what we have provided to the sector.
- Extended Emergency First Aid at Work course, lasting 7 hours in duration, which exceeds the HSE minimum of 6 hours course. This course will include the application of tourniquets and controlling major bleeding with haemostatic dressings and gauzes.
- Extended First Aid at Work course, lasting 21 hours in duration, which exceeds the minimum HSE 18 hour training course. The extended training covers additional skills in application of tourniquets, haemostatic dressings / gauzes and more advanced airway management, this includes Bag Valve Mask resuscitation, with simple airway adjuncts.
- Initial Person on Scene of an Incident course, this life long qualification is gained by completing a blended learning course, whereby each learner completes 13 hours of interactive online learning, followed by three-days of fully immersive face to face scenario based learning and assessment. Those holding this qualification, would be required to demonstrate to their employer that their individual competencies to deliver first aid by attending our annual refresher course. This course is aimed at those working in far from help locations like off-shore fish farms, forestry operations and upland farms. This training goes beyond first aid and enters the pre-hospital care element, such as providing pain relief, and more advanced airway management at scene of an incident.
All the above additional items are taught over an above the standard syllabuses listed in each course. Our approved trainers are able to deliver these elements by having first hand knowledge of suing these skills in their positions as pre-hospital care providers in the NHS or Mountain and or Marine Rescue Services. Our trainers will provide you with first class training from experience in the field.
The above order was selected to enhance their current first aid equipment, they have enhanced their current first aid equipment held and which includes holding a *Defibrillator on their farm premises, to now include our critical injury pack.
*Their AED is registered with the local ambulance service with the national ”The Circuit” programme. Their Defibrillator can be accessed at anytime it is required by the local community in a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.