Power NI attends launch of Farm Safety Action Plan 2017-2020

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pictured are: (L-R) YFCU President James Speers, BBC Agricultural Correspondent Richard Wright, HSENI Chief Executive Keith Morrison and UFU President Barclay Bell.

Power NI, an Affiliate Member of the Farm Safety Partnership, attended the launch of the Farm Safety Action Plan 2017-2020 yesterday morning at CAFRE Greenmount Campus.

The Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) was launched in May 2012 bringing together key stakeholders with an interest in farm safety in Northern Ireland. Since its formation the FSP has undertaken 2 action plans designed to address the unacceptable levels of death and injury in the industry.

Keith Morrison, Chief Executive of HSENI, comments: "Improving farm safety is of critical importance. There have simply been too many lives lost, too many serious injuries, and too many families devastated in our rural communities over recent years.

"The Farm Safety Partnership is committed to making such tragedies a thing of the past. We will work tirelessly, together, to improve the current situation and this new Action Plan builds on the successes of recent years and introduces some new areas for action."

Barclay Bell, President of the Ulster Farmers' Union, also commented: "Since its formation, the Farm Safety Partnership has worked vigorously to change the mindset of farmers and farm families.

"To date the Partnership has delivered on its aims and objectives within both Action Plans and I firmly believe that this work has contributed to farm safety becoming a priority on more farms in Northern Ireland.

"The level of engagement at farm level has been crucial in increasing the awareness of safety on farms and for us more farmers are now considering the SAFE way of doing a job before doing it."

For more information on the Farm Safety Partnership and the Action Plan for 2017-2020, please visit www.hseni.gov.uk/farm-safety