National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 July 2020

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs has set a Farm Safety Week challenge, supported by sponsors gas distribution company SGN, to encourage YFC members to share farm safety ideas they implemented during lockdown.

From regularly checking equipment, changing processes or taking care of mental wellbeing – YFC members are urged to share their farm safety improvements throughout Farm Safety Week (20-24 July).

The Federation is also asking clubs to make their annual pledge to put the Farm Safety Curve training module on their club programmes in the new membership year. While training sessions will need to be socially distanced or run online during the pandemic, it’s still crucial that farm safety messages are shared.

Farm Safety Week is organised by leading farming charity the Farm Safety Foundation and encourages the farming community to recognise the real dangers of working in the industry and the importance of looking after their physical and mental wellbeing.

Throughout Farm Safety Week, the Farm Safety Foundation, supported by the Farm Safety Partnerships, the Health & Safety Executive, Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and the Health & Safety Authority, Ireland, will demonstrate the impacts of the recent COVID19 situation on the industry. The week will also promote the support available as well as highlight the positive moves to changing the poor safety record and introduce some exciting new innovations in technology to help us all farm safer.

NFYFC Chairman Dewi Parry said: “We are proud to support the annual Farm Safety Week campaign especially as YFCs represent the next generation of farmers. It’s why we’re keen to hear from our members about the farm safety changes they have been making and grateful to SGN for helping us promote this challenge.

“Lockdown restrictions have impacted the amount of training that clubs have been able to deliver. It’s important as we move into a new membership year that YFCs find a way to continue to deliver those crucial farm safety messages.”

SGN Maintenance Operations Manager Tim Pearce said: “We’re delighted to partner NFYFC because we want to reach out to all its members. Please, always get in touch with us before starting any work on your land to avoid injury, or even death, to yourself and others. Damages to our pipelines can also lead to a disruption to gas supplies, claims for costs to repair the damage, HSE investigations and environmental issues.

“We’ll visit you free of charge to help you plan your work, confirm and mark the location of any pipeline, and advise what work is permitted.” 

For more information on ‘Farm Safety Week’ visit www.yellowwellies.org or follow @yellowwelliesUK on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram. 



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