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Fatalities Fall But Cost of Serious Farm Accidents Rises

03 July 2014

UK - As The Health & Safety Executive announces a fall in fatalities on British farms, NFU Mutual, the UK’s leading rural insurer, is urging the farming community not to become complacent.

The Health & Safety Executive revealed that farm deaths have fallen from last year’s figures.

The insurer, the UK’s leading rural insurer, welcomed the fall in the number of fatalities but warned that the number and cost of serious farm accidents remains high.

Commenting on the figures, NFU Mutual Chairman, Richard Percy said: “Whilst we welcome the small but significant reduction in fatalities, our claims data shows that the farming community is still not winning its battle with farm accidents as the number of serious accidents (where someone suffers a life-changing injury and may require a lifetime of specialist care), remains high."

Accidents involving machinery (including injuries caused by PTO shafts) were the most common and costly farm injury and fatality claims during 2013, costing over £19 million. However, falls (including falls from height) and injuries sustained whilst handling livestock are also of serious concern.

Falls from height, like accidents with machinery, usually result in very serious life-changing injuries and the cost of claims in 2013 reached over £3.7 million.

Livestock related injuries and fatalities cost over £2.5 million, with 87% of livestock-related injuries being caused by cattle.


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