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Agricultural community urged to support farm safety research

Posted 4 March

“I’m passionate about improving farm safety because I believe that no one should go through the pain of losing a loved one if the circumstances can be prevented, which, tragically, is often the case with farm accidents."

Young woman with dark hair, wearing a light blue short and dark blue gilet, stands in front of a green and yellow John Deere tractor

Emily Jones

Farmers are being urged to give up five minutes of their time to take part in research on farm safety, with a view to helping save lives in the future.

Emily Jones, 22, a BSc (Hons) Agri-Business student at Harper Adams University, is conducting the investigation as part of her studies.

“The agricultural industry accounts for just 1% of the British workforce, but is responsible for 20% of all annual workplace fatalities and is regarded as Britain's deadliest’ industry,” said Emily, from Herefordshire. “This study will consider farmers’ attitudes to safety, how to drive wide-spread sustainable change and how best to engage with the industry in order to reduce accidents and improve farm safety.

“I’m passionate about improving farm safety because I believe that no one should go through the pain of losing a loved one if the circumstances can be prevented, which, tragically, is often the case with farm accidents.

“Last year 21 people were killed on farms in the UK and the total fatalities for this year far surpasses that number. Agriculture is the most dangerous industry in the UK and it is clear that we can, and must, do better when it comes to safety. This research aims to determine farmers’ attitudes to safety, whilst considering the best ways to engage and drive change in order to improve farm safety.”

The survey can be found online and Emily is seeking as many responses as she can get.

Emily, who was shortlisted for the Farmers Weekly Agricultural Student of the Year Award in 2020 is deeply passionate about farm safety. Announcing the shortlist, Adam Henson said: "Emily wants to learn and lead and achieve, and her Agri-Business course inspired her mission to help improve farm safety”.

The final year student, who completed her placement year with Safety Revolution, says: “I chose BSc (Hons) Agri-Business because I wanted a course with a professional foundation which reflected my interest in agriculture. I believe the broad nature of the course, where the agricultural practice is supported by business modules and management, creates a thorough grounding and therefore lends itself to endless opportunities within the industry.

“Harper Adams inspired me from day one as a unique family-like institution where you are supported on an academic and personal level by dedicated tutors, developing your own confidence, growing as an individual and making friends for life along the way. With my degree almost finished, choosing to study at HAU remains one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

“My long-term drive is to help improve farm safety, create impact and make a real difference in the sector going forward: protecting our industry and loved ones against preventable harm.”

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