Farmers and agricultural workers are being urged to alter their attitudes on health and safety, as the rate of fatalities on farms continues to be the highest of any sector.

H&H Insurance Brokers (HHIB), which specialises in rural business policies, is urging those who work on a farm, or members of the public who may walk on public footpaths crossing farmland, to be more cautious.

The Health and Safety Executive's annual report revealed that 27 individuals, including a three-year-old child, lost their lives due to farming and agriculture-related activities in the year leading to March 31, 2023.

The figures follow data released from the HSE for 2022 in its agriculture, forestry and fishing statistics in Great Britain report, which showed that 11,000 workers sustain non-fatal injuries each year.

HHIB Account Executive Corinne Cooper said: “Due to the nature of the work, farming has always been regarded as a sector involving high risks, but there are certainly areas that can be improved to reduce potential dangers.

“By following health and safety guidelines at work and being more aware of the risks they are surrounded by every day, whether that’s from large machinery, tractors, livestock or chemicals, farmers can help to protect themselves, their families and members of the public."

The warning comes after HSE report revealed that farming-related fatalities is 21 times higher than the average across all industries.

The shocking statistics show that the main cause of death around the farm was from an injury caused by an animal, with eight reported in the 12-month time frame.

Other causes of death included falling from height, struck by an object, struck by moving vehicle, contact with machinery, and other.

HHIB, in conjunction with H&H Safety, is extending its farm safety first aid courses delivered by Farm and Forestry First Aid and aimed at agricultural and forestry workers.

A course will also be held at Borderway Mart, in Carlisle, on Thursday, November 30.

Skill development includes assessing casualties, administering CPR, using Automated External Defibrillators, and dealing with severe bleeding, among others.

To find out more about the farming first aid courses or to book a place, contact