National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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FARM SAFETY WEEK 2020

Farm Safety training through YFC has been limited in 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19 meaning YFCs have been unable to meet. Nearly 3,000 YFC members have benefited from NFYFC’s Curve training module that was developed with The Farm Safety Foundation and it is hoped that more will be able to get involved now that clubs are re-opening. 

Our aim is for all YFC members to be aware of the dangers and for all clubs to deliver the Farm Safety Curve module. 

This Farm Safety Week 2020 (20-24 July), we want to hear how YFC members have been improving their farm safety during lockdown in our YFC Farm Safety Challenge, supported by gas distribution company SGN. With more time spent on the farm, our challenge during Farm Safety Week is for YFC members to share at least one safety improvement they have made on their farm since lockdown or a new safety idea they are currently implementing. See the entry information here. 

We are also encouraging Clubs and Counties to pledge their commitment to putting NFYFC’s Farm Safety Curve training module on Club Programmes for 2020-21.

Pledges can be downloaded below to use on social media during the week. If you have already received the training, there are some social media assets that you can use to join in during the week too and spread the positive message that you have done the course and are staying safe! 

Pledges for YFCs and County Federations to use on social media:

Instagram and Facebook pledge card

Twitter pledge card

Graphics for individual YFC members to use on social media:

Facebook graphic - I'm farm safety aware

Twitter graphic - I'm farm safety aware

Instagram graphic - I'm farm safety aware

Farm Safety Week is an initiative lead by the Farm Safety Foundation  and supported by the Farm Safety Partnerships, the Health & Safety Executive, Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and the Health & Safety Authority, Ireland.

Farm Safety Week 2020 will offer advice and guidance for physical and mental wellbeing as we adapt during the global pandemic, acknowledge the poor safety record but share positive stories of good safety practice on farms.  

What you can do to help

Show your support for Farm Safety Week by sharing the ‘pledge cards’ on social media, on your website and in your newsletters. Let the world know that your YFC is committed to farm safety. Please tag @yellowwelliesuk and NFYFC in any posts you make about Farm Safety Week and use the hashtag #FarmSafetyWeek.

Look out for more materials that Yellow Wellies will be promoting throughout the week. Use these and other available material to help us show that the next generation of farmers is taking safety seriously. 

The Farm Safety Foundation will have tips, blogs and invaluable advice guides that it will be sharing throughout the week. Follow Yellow Wellies on Twitter @yellowwelliesUK and Like and Retweet their content throughout the week using the hashtag #FarmSafetyWeek.  

Farm Safety Curve training

Curve training sessions can be delivered by a YFC trainer registered with NFYFC. Trainers are provided with a training plan and all the resources needed for a fun, informative session within your Club Programme including a certificate of completion. The sessions usually last around one and half hours.

If you would like to become a YFC trainer for your county so you can deliver the training module, find out about the course here.   

About SGN

SGN manages the network that distributes natural and green gas to 5.9 million customers across the south of England and in Scotland. SGN owns and operates 74,000km of gas mains, including high pressure (HP) pipelines, which are a critical part of our national infrastructure. As these pipelines run underground across the length and breadth of the country, it's inevitable that work will need to be carried out near them at times. 

The most common cause of incidents involving SGN’s gas network is damage by others. There’s a risk of damage whenever land, such as farming land, is disturbed. This includes excavation, ditching, drainage work, fence installation or anything else within the proximity of our pipelines. Not only is damaging a pipeline illegal, but the consequences can be catastrophic.

Know what’s below before you dig

  • If you're a farmer or landowner planning to carry out work which disrupts your land including excavating, ditching and drainage works, call SGN on 0800 912 1722. They will visit your site free of charge to help you plan your work and mark the location of any pipelines.
  • To find out where SGN’s gas pipes are located, visit linesearchbeforeudig.co.uk

Top Tips for Staying Safe on the Farm

  • You can’t work safely unless you know how to – make sure someone experienced shows you what to do or that you have been properly trained.
  • Being hit by a moving vehicle, driven or runaway, is the biggest cause of fatalities. Keep pedestrians and vehicles apart if possible, ensure handbrakes are well maintained and follow ‘safe stop’ procedures (leave the gear in neutral, put on the handbrake and take out the key).
  • Roofs are often fragile, even if they don’t look it. Falls from roofs cause several deaths every year. Treat all roofs as fragile and use equipment such as harnesses, coverings and guard rails.
  • Riding a quad bike is not the same as riding a motorbike. Make sure that you are trained in the correct techniques and wear a helmet, as most injuries are sustained to the head.
  • Livestock can be unpredictable even when you know them well. Using the right equipment and following safe working practices is better than trusting in the good nature of a bull or a cow and calf.
  • Don’t forget overhead power lines – many accidents happen because people drive underneath power lines, forgetting that they are working with equipment raised.
  • Slurry, effluent and moist grain stores are confined spaces and can all contain high levels of toxic gases – sometimes causing the death of a rescuer as well. You should never enter them unless you have made sure it is safe.

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