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Quad Bike Safety
The main three causes of death over the past 10 years; transport (24%), falls from height, especially roofs (17%), and being struck by moving or falling objects (15%).
“Every year children are killed during agricultural work activities – 43 children under the age of 18 have been killed in the last 10 years. People often believe that farm children understand farm risks, but the vast majority of children who die in farm incidents are family members. While agriculture employs less than 1.5% of the working population it accounts for 15% to 20% of all worker deaths in Britain each year,” says Katy Jefferies of HSE.
HSE organises an annual programme of Safety and Health Awareness Days (SHADs) across Scotland – they are practical demonstrations covering the everyday hazards that those who farm face – they cover approx seven different scenarios including ATv use.
HSE has run over 140 of these events in the past ten years, which have been attended by over 43,000 people throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The audience is usually made up of family farmers, the self employed and those employing up to four workers. Attendance is voluntary and free of charge.
“Research shows that a majority of those who attend a SHAD make at least one change to improve health and safety on the farm as a result and almost all would recommend them to another person.”