LSBUD, an online safe digging resource, has announced that it is partnering with the Countryside Alliance to get a better understanding of operators’ digging habits on farms.
The firm notes that there is a busy network of underground pipes and cables that run beneath UK agricultural land, including electricity, EV and broadband cables, as well as water, gas, chemical and high-pressure fuel lines.
Accidentally hitting one of these can have significant and long-last effects, including injuries and fatalities. There is also the added disruption to consider and repair costs can add up to thousands of pounds.
Richard Broome, MD at LSBUD, said: “We have designed a survey in collaboration with the Countryside Alliance to better understand the digging habits of the UK’s farm and agricultural workers. This will tell us how well the industry is performing in terms of safe digging, and what work still needs to be done to help better protect workers and communities from harm and disruption.”
The survey takes just two minutes to complete and the company is encouraging operators to take part. It can be accessed here.