A FIRST AID course for farmers offering practical skills to deal with life-threatening accidents on the farm will be held next month.
The course, which takes place at Carlisle’s Borderway Mart, was designed specifically for people working in agriculture, which has the worst rate of work-related injuries of any industry.
Organized by H&H Safety, part of H&H Insurance Brokers, the three-hour course takes place on Tuesday, June 21 and covers potential scenarios such as quad accidents and incidents involving animals and machinery.
Paul Graham, Managing Director of H&H Insurance Brokers, which operates in the North of England, Scottish Borders and Wales and specializes in agricultural and rural insurance, said: “Farmers and people working in agricultural sector are particularly at risk of serious injury or worse, simply because of the nature of their work.
“They work outdoors all year round, with tractors, machinery, livestock and chemicals, often working long hours and alone.
“The first aid course for farmers offers practical advice and advice on what to do if the worst happens and an accident occurs on the farm.
“Sometimes injuries can’t be repaired with basic first aid, but knowing the right action to take while help is on the way can make all the difference.”
The most recent figures from the Health and Safety Executive revealed that around 12,000 workers in agriculture, forestry and fishing suffered an injury on the job, a figure significantly higher than in other industries.
The number of people who lost their lives in agricultural incidents from April 2020 to the end of March 2021 almost doubled to 41, from 21 the previous year. The 2020/2021 figure includes 34 workers and seven members of the public.
The Farmer First Aid Course is provided by Farm and Forestry First Aid (F3A), which offers specialist first aid courses for the agricultural and forestry sector.
The half-day course covers essential first aid skills such as assessing a casualty, correct recovery position, how to administer CPR, using an automated external defibrillator, as well learning to treat crush injuries, amputation, impalement and severe bleeding. .
The course is led by qualified healthcare professionals registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, with a choice of morning or afternoon sessions available. Participants will receive a certificate at the end of the course. The course costs £100 plus VAT. To reserve a place, email email@example.com or call Alison Agnew on 01228 406332.
H&H Safety, which is in partnership with health and safety specialists AW Safety, aims to help farmers create a safer working environment. It works with farmers to develop a risk management system and provides access to online documentation and telephone support. It may also offer annual company audit and inspection, risk assessments and training programs.
H&H Safety is a risk management service providing health and safety support to agricultural and rural businesses. This is a partnership between H&H Insurance Brokers and health and safety specialists AW Safety. Health and Safety Executive Reports Reference Fatal Injuries in Britain’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 2020/21 and https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/industry/agriculture. pdf
H&H Insurance Brokers offer independent advice on all aspects of rural and commercial insurance. With over 30 years of trading experience, she has an established client base throughout the North of England, the Scottish Borders and Wales, and arranges a large insurance portfolio for farmers, agricultural contractors and all types of rural businesses based in the countryside. HHIB also offers proprietary H&H services under the trade names of H&H Safety (a risk management service) and H&H Asset Finance (asset finance lending).
HHIB has offices in Carlisle, Cumbria; Durham; Newtown St Boswells in the Scottish Borders and Ruthin in North Wales. It is a member of the British Insurance Brokers’ Association and is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.