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Category: Agriculture

AIS37 – Operator seat restraints for mobile work equipment in agriculture and forestry (revised)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

This revised information sheet advises employers and the self-employed on the requirements for fitting and using operator seat restraints in tractors, self-propelled machines and other mobile agricultural or forestry work equipment. This revision contains minor updates but the guidance remains the same.

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Machinery company fined after Shropshire farmer’s death

Monday, December 3, 2012

An international farm equipment manufacturer has been fined after a Shropshire farmer died when the rotating arms of a defective bale wrapping machine struck him on the head.

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Leicester firm prosecuted after worker’s five-metre fall

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Leicester door-fitting firm has been fined after an employee was injured when he fell from a wooden crate fixed to a fork lift truck.

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Agriculture health and safety – Grain dust

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Grain dust is the dust produced during harvesting, drying, handling, storage or processing of cereal crops. These include barley, wheat, oats, maize and rye. This guidance tells you about the possible health problems you could develop from exposure to grain dust and what precautions you should take to protect your health.

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Pesticide Incidents Report 2011/12

Thursday, November 15, 2012

This report provides information on incidents and complaints involving pesticides investigated by HSE’s Field Operations Directorate between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012.

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HSE’s farm safety days grow in popularity

Monday, November 12, 2012

A new programme of safety and health awareness days for farmers (SHADS) has got off to a flying start, with the first five over-subscribed.

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HSE agriculture head comments on annual ill health and injury statistics

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Graeme Walker, Head of HSE’s Agriculture Sector, said: “It is generally accepted that agriculture is one of the most challenging sectors in which to work. Though Britain compares favourably with other countries in Europe on workplace health and safety, the latest figures for farming clearly illustrate that more work needs to be done.

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Health and safety statistics 2011/12

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Latest release – health and safety statistics 2011/12 presenting the latest top level statistics on work-related ill health, workplace fatalities and injuries, and enforcement in Great Britain.

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Builder paralysed after fall from roof

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Lincolnshire farming business has been fined after a building contractor was left paralysed when he fell through a barn roof.

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Safety failings led to farm worker’s injury

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Lincolnshire farmer and an agricultural machinery supplier have been fined after a young casual worker had three tendons in his right hand severed by a potato crusher.

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Agriculture – Case studies

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Agriculture has one of the highest fatal accident rates of any industry in the UK. All of the case studies featured are real incidents with real and sometimes fatal consequences for the people involved. They concentrate on some of the key agricultural themes being targeted by HSE, including: falls from height, livestock handling, transport and […]

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Do you use ACOPs? – last chance to have your say

Monday, September 10, 2012

Last chance to have your say on HSE’s proposals to review its portfolio of ACOPs to update and improve them as recommended by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his 2011 independent review of health and safety legislation. The consultation ends 14 September 2012.

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Milking firm in court after worker injured at Derbyshire farm

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Shropshire milking company has been fined after a worker suffered a fractured skull when he was hit by a steel beam at a Derbyshire farm just a day after he started his job.

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Farm Safety and Health Awareness Days – new dates added

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Safety and Health Awareness Days (SHADs) are free half day events which include practical demonstrations covering the everyday hazards faced by farmers, farming families and workers. If you are a family farmer, self employed, or employ up to four people then SHADs are designed for you. New dates and venues added; find an event near […]

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Agriculture – Cattle and public access

Friday, August 17, 2012

This information sheet (AIS17EW) provides advice about the hazards associated with keeping cattle, including bulls in fields where the public has access in England and Wales (a separate version is available for Scotland). It suggests reasonably practicable ways of controlling hazards for walkers, land managers should also consider risks to other rights of way users […]

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Agriculture – Children and public safety

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

People often believe that farm children understand farm risks, but most children who die in farm incidents are family members. A few straightforward steps, and proper supervision of children, will reduce these risks. Other members of the public may also be at risk, eg when using public rights of way through fields containing cattle and […]

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Gassing of rabbits and vertebrate pests – AIS22(rev1)

Monday, July 30, 2012

This Agriculture Information Sheet is aimed at employers and technicians who carry out fumigation operations. It gives advice on safety measures when using moisture-activated gassing compounds for vertebrate pest control in open areas.

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Director prosecuted after trainee tree surgeon severs thumb

Monday, July 23, 2012

The owner of a Hampshire arboriculture business has been prosecuted for safety failings after a trainee tree surgeon severed his thumb on a log splitter.

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Unsafe tree work leads to fine for Lincolnshire man

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Lincolnshire landscape gardener has been fined after being spotted carrying out unsafe tree work.

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Northumberland firm and two directors fined after death of worker

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Northumberland firm and two of its directors have been sentenced for safety failings after a teenage worker died following a fall from a barn roof.

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