National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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FARM SAFETY WEEK 2019

Since NFYFC launched its farm safety training module in 2017 there has been 2,644 YFC members who have been on the course and are now more aware of the dangers on a farm. While this number represents just over 10% of NFYFC's membership – we know we can do better than this. 

Our aim is for all YFC members to be aware of the dangers and for all clubs to deliver NFYFC's Farm Safety Curve module that was developed with The Farm Safety Foundation. 

For Farm Safety Week 2019 (15-19 July), we're calling out to the YFCs who haven't run this training and to encourage you to please pledge your Club’s and County’s support to committing to put NFYFC’s Farm Safety Curve training module on your Club Programmes for 2019-20.

You can download pledges 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:

Facebook pledge card

Twitter pledge card

Instagram 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 2019 will deliver stories of resilience, inspiration and clear messages to drive action and inspire farmers to look after their physical and mental wellbeing and reduce the number of life-changing and life-ending accidents on our 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.  

How to book your Farm Safety Curve training

To book a Farm Safety Curve training session for your Club you can register interest using the form in the top right hand corner of this page (or scroll to the end of the page if you are viewing on a mobile). NFYFC will then help you to set up a training session using one of our accredited trainers.

Curve training sessions can be delivered by anyone in your county who is an accredited trainer and registered with the training officer at NFYFC. Trainers are provided with a guide to delivering the training, 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 an accredited trainer for your county so you can deliver the training module, find out about the course here.  

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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