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Take A Moment





Mole Valley Farmers is asking farmers to “Take a Moment” to consider their safety as part of a health and safety initiative which will launch at next week’s Devon County Show on 17-19 May.


In the last 10 years, almost one person a week has been killed as a direct result of agricultural work, making it the riskiest industry sector to work in. Agricultural workers also suffer 13,000 non-fatal injuries a year, whilst back pain, sprains or strains are over three times the rate of all other industries. All-in-all, the cost of injuries to agriculture is estimated to be about £190 million a year.


With such high figures, Mole Valley Farmers is looking to take the lead and encourage better safety among farmers and its own staff who regularly go out on farm.


Lorna Filby, Group Safety and Wellbeing Manager for Mole Valley Farmers says “Take a Moment” fits well with wider industry initiatives and has been endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).


She adds: “As an industry leader and farmer owned company, it’s our responsibility to facilitate change. We have a duty to ensure our staff are safe at work and get home safely and it’s the same for our farmer members.”


The launch at Devon County Show, will include a dedicated “Take a Moment” area on the Mole Valley stand with various Health and Safety Executive (HSE) leaflets, educational material and car stickers available. An array of health and safety equipment available from Mole Valley Farmers stores will also be on display.


From 1 June, all Mole Valley Farmers stores will have a dedicated “Take a Moment” area, where farmers can pick up health and safety literature and equipment, such as goggles, dust masks, steel toe-capped boots and high vis clothing.


Lorna believes one of the key areas where farm workers can make improvements to their safety is when working alone on farm.


“It’s about communication and putting safeguards in place to make sure you can carry out a job safely,” she says. “That’s where the “Take a Moment” initiative comes in. Have I let people know where I am and what I’m doing? Have I got the right equipment for the job? It’s all about protecting yourself.”


Lorna says the plan is to develop more health and safety products and services to help farm workers, with the potential to offer discounted farm safety training with LANTRA. 


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