Following the release of statistics which suggest that the agriculture is one of the most dangerous to work in, farmers in Somerset have been urged to undergo first aid training.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently published data which showed that there were 34 fatal injuries within the agriculture sector in 2010-11. This works out at an average of 8 fatalities per 100,000 workers last year, which is a considerable amount compared to the average 9.6 deaths recorded over the last five years.
Other industries in which fatality rates were high last year included construction (50 fatal injuries), manufacturing (27) and services (47).
According to an article in the Bridgwater Mercury, St John’s Ambulance is now urging farmers and anyone else working within the agriculture industry to consider taking a first aid training course. Even a basic training course can teach agricultural workers how to carry out CPR, deal with injuries, wounds and bleeding, and how to contact the emergency services.
In short, the skills learnt on first aid training courses could help to save someone’s life, as well as making the sector a much safer one to work in.