Get ready for harvest – Summer 2023 health and safety update
Farms and estates are being encouraged to implement a simple five-point plan to help make this year’s harvest safer.
Harvest is a high-pressure time of the year, with lots needing to be done in a short amount of time and involving lots of large machinery.
It is a time of the year where there are lots of vehicle movements, which according to the Health and Safety Executive has been the number one cause of deaths and serious injuries on British farms over the past five years.
It can also involve working in dusty conditions, or at height, which again poses a risk to workers if appropriate equipment or protective equipment is not used.
Thinking through the risks well ahead of time can help make this year’s harvest safer for everyone involved.
Read our short briefing document for advice on areas to watch, including tips on preventing fires during the harvest period.