Session 1:
Introduction to Health and Safety

At the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Clarify Health and Safety legislation within the sector
  • Be able to identify causes of death and accidents
  • List hazards on farms

What are the types of accidents and causes of death?

Fatal injuries on farms

Most common causes of death are:-

  • transport;
  • being struck by a moving or falling object e.g bales, trees;
  • falls from heights, asphyxation or drowning;
  • contact with machinery;
  • injury by animal;
  • being trapped by something collapsing or overturning;
  • contact with electricity.

Non-fatal injuries on farms

Most common causes of non-fatal injuries are:-

  • handling, lifting or carrying;
  • slip, trip or fall on the same level;
  • being struck by moving objects;
  • falls from height;
  • contact with machinery;
  • being injured by an animal.


How many dangers did you find?


  • Agriculture involves many types of dangers.
  • Many people are injured or killed in a year on farms.
  • Training and experience can help reduce the risks.