Agriculture is a high risk industrial sector that accounts for approximately one in five of all fatal injuries to UK workers and an estimated 170,000 annual farm worker fatalities worldwide. The main hazards which can have an impact on farm worker safety include machinery, farm animals and working at height. Injuries reported during interactions with these hazards include: fractures, sprains and head injuries. The UK government, the HSE, the National Farmers Union, and many other organisations are keen to reduce injuries and fatalities within the agriculture sector.
The APHF has conducted research to evaluate the non-technical skills utilised by farmers, to explore predictors of those non-technical skills and to examine risk management and decision-making. Current research is focused on examining situation awareness requirements for tractor drivers and risk management strategies for livestock management.
This podcast describes how NTS can help in agriculture and the studies conducted so far on the topic.