‘Take 5 to Stay Alive’ is the campaign launched by the NFU to promote Farm Safety Week 2023 and aims to change attitudes and prevent accidents on farm.
The campaign encourages those working on farms to take a five-minute break and think about the task they are completing and the safety precautions that should be taken before starting it. Suggested actions include everything from putting on a seatbelt to wearing a helmet or considering risks when working at height.
NFU Vice President David Exwood, said: “People are our most valuable assets, and we should all be thinking about our safety on farm 365 days a year. But Yellow Wellies’ Farm Safety Week is an excellent way for us to come together, raise awareness and share practical advice about how to look after ourselves and each other out in the field. We all have to talk more about safety.
“Our new campaign, ‘Take 5 to Stay Alive’, gets to the core of this year’s theme of ‘Farm Safety Starts with Me’. We all know the main causes of on-farm accidents. By taking a few seconds to think before we start a job, it gives us chance to put in place those small, cost effective, life-saving actions which can stop tragic incidents from happening.
“Five minutes or even five seconds could save a life or stop a life-changing accident. By making this small behavioural change, we are protecting the most important part of our businesses – ourselves.”