National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

22 April 2010

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) will be holding a one-minute’s silence during its annual general meeting in Torquay on Sunday 25 April as a mark of respect to those members of the farming community who have lost their lives in accidents at work.

The tribute is part of the NFYFC’s efforts to help reduce the number of deaths and accidents in the agricultural industry by backing the HSE’s Make the Promise campaign which is being championed by NFYFC vice chairman James Chapman, who lost his arm in a farming-related accident.

Promise knots are being given out to Young Farmers’ Clubs members from across England and Wales who are travelling to Torquay over the weekend for the NFYFC’s AGM and annual convention at the Riviera International Centre as a reminder to pledge to come home safe from the fields to their families.

According to the HSE, working in agriculture remains one of the most dangerous ways to make a living. It accounts for around one in five work-related deaths every year, although only 1.5 per cent of the working population is employed in the sector.

Across Great Britain, 38 workers lost their lives in farming-related incidents between January and November 2009 and HSE figures for 2008/09 show that 589 people were seriously injured in farming accidents.

Nearly 15,000 farmers have already signed up to the campaign, and James Chapman, is calling on all 25,000 YFC members to support the campaign.

“The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs has proudly made the promise to come home safe. Encouraging farmers to work safely has always been one of our key priorities.

“I know only too well what can happen when safety isn’t put first. A few years ago, I lost my left arm when it was caught in an unguarded PTO shaft. It only happened because I, like many farmers, was working under pressure trying to get a job done as quickly as possible.

“Today I regularly speak to young farmers, using my experience positively as a warning of how important it is that they take the time to consider their safety and what can happen if they don’t," says James.


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