Difference between life and death

FARMERS in Northumberland are being offered on-site training that could mean the difference between life and death.

St John Ambulance has offered to provide courses in various topics to help cut the number of deaths and serious injuries in the agricultural industry.

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that agriculture has the highest rate of fatalities of all sectors, as well as one of the highest rates of major injuries.

Falls, slips and trips are the main causes, but handling incidents, moving machinery and falling objects are also a problem and the proportion of injuries caused by animals is 11 times greater than other industries.

A range of courses can be delivered on-site to help farmers and other agricultural business, including first aid at work, emergency first aid at work, fire marshal, moving and handling and a new health and safety basics course.

St John Ambulance North East Training Liaison Officer Jay Allen said: “The statistics for agriculture-related injuries make worrying reading.

“There is no doubt that having people on farms and in the workplace who are specifically trained in first aid could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

“The minutes after someone is injured by machinery or kicked by an animal for instance could be vital if there was someone on hand to treat a patient while you wait for an ambulance.

“Recent research has shown that two out of three people wouldn’t know what to do in an emergency so it is important that farms and other workplaces have people trained up to deal with these situations.”

On-site training can be provided for groups of eight or more. St John Ambulance also has a number of training centres in the region.

For more information about courses call 0870 010 4950 or visit www.sja.org.uk/training