farming Health & Safety Rural

Farm Health & Safety

Q4 2019

In 2018-19, 39 people were killed in farming and every year, over 13,000 non-fatal injuries are recorded.

Robert Gazely

Senior Associate Director, Farming

+44 1245 254611
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Although just 1.2% of the UK’s total workforce is employed in the sector, the fatal injury rate is 18 times that of industry overall. The five-year average rate of fatal injuries is 8.29 per 100,000 employees, compared with 1.61 in the construction industry.

The Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 says that all employers shall ensure – so far as is reasonably practicable – the health, safety and welfare of employees at work. Employers must have a written statement outlining their health and safety policy and the organisation and arrangements for carrying this out.

The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 also require employers to conduct assessments of the risks to which employees are exposed, and the risks to persons not in employment arising from the work activity.

Strutt & Parker are proud to be members of the Farm Safety Partnership, which aims to reduce deaths by at least 50% by summer 2023. With over 40 specialists based across the country and a dedicated Farm Health & Safety team we can offer the following services:

NEBOSH qualified IOSH member

  • Pragmatic approach based on practical farming experience
  • Audits
  • Recommendations
  • Policies
  • Reviews
  • Risk assessments
  • Safe systems of work
  • COSHH assessments
  • Induction briefings
  • Pre-harvest briefings
  • Quarterly updates
  • Promoting a safe working environment
  • Creating positive impacts on our clients’ businesses


To make sure you receive our quarterly farm health & safety update or for more information, contact your local farming department or our Head of Health & Safety Robert Gazely.