Farmers have been told that their ‘FATE’ is in their own hands – and roof rails are just one way to help safeguard against potentially tragic accidents.
The HSE Don’t leave it to FATE campaign has been launched in response to a recent fatality in the farming industry, when 66-year-old Jim Sharp became entangled with the sweep auger in his grain silo.
His death has triggered concerted efforts across the industry – particularly in Scotland and the Borders – to make sure no such incidents occur in the future.
FATE stands for Falls, Animals, Transport and Equipment, four of the main risks faced by farmers which, together, account for 70% of all fatalities in the Scottish farming community.
While some of the threats – such as incidents involving livestock – may be difficult to safeguard against, falls from height can often be prevented with relatively simple precautions like roof rails and edge protection.
Allan Bowie, vice-president of NFU Scotland, says: “Mr Sharp was a well-known, well-respected member of the Borders farming community and his death remains a tragic loss.
“Farming remains one of the most hazardous industries to work in.”