Farmers and Health & Safety inspections

Farmers cannot afford to pay ‘lip service’ to health and safety warns agricultural expert

Welsh farmers must be prepared to dedicate time and resource to health and safety standards to avoid falling foul of government inspections, an agricultural risk expert has warned.

Richard Wade, risk specialist for Farmers and Mercantile Insurance Brokers (FMIB), urged farmers to take workplace risk seriously or face severe penalties, following the launch of the latest raft of targeted on-farm inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the region.

The initiative will see inspectors visiting one hundred farms in Wales up until March 2019, as part of HSE’s continued efforts to crackdown on high rates of death and serious injury in the industry and change attitudes to risk.

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Agriculture is an industry in which risks are poorly managed, evidenced by persistently high rates of death, serious injury and ill-health.