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Dorset Farmers Urged To Stay Safe


8:17am 2nd July 2014

Farmers in Dorset are being urged to "stay safe" and "farm safe".

Between 30 and 40 people are killed on working farms every year, making it one of the UK's most dangerous industries.

It's Farm Safety Week and the Farm Safety Foundation is offering advice and guidance to Dorset's agricultural workers, in a bid to stop severe injury and even deaths happening on farms.

Nikki Whitaker from NFU Mutual Farm Safety Foundation told us farmers harvesting at this time of year are at particular risk:

"They will be working against the weather so they will be working long hours. It's at times like these that if a piece of machinery breaks or becomes jammed it can very tempting to try and fix that problem yourself to save time, and unfortunately that can lead to a serious accident."

Nikki Whitaker from NFU Mutual Farm Safety Foundation says it's often farmers who forget about protecting themselves.

"I grew up on a farming community and my job brings me into contact with all ages and types of farmer. The one thing I can say is that they will care passionately about the welfare about their families, the community and the countryside where they live, but the one thing they will forget to take care of, is themselves."

The centre of our campaign carries a really poignant message. We're asking all farmers and people involved in agriculture to ask themselves the simple question "Who Would Fill Your Boots?".

For more info and advice on the Farm Safety Foundation's safety campaign, click here.

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