Nantwich farmers are being advised to attend a free training event in Cheshire to get to grips with health and safety in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.

Nearly 8,000 free places are being made available at Safety and Health Awareness Days (SHADs) across the country, with the aim of cutting the number of deaths and injuries.

The safety event in Cheshire, organised by the Health and Safety Executive, will take place at Chelford Agricultural Centre near Macclesfield on October 18.

HSE figures show between 40 and 50 workers are killed on British farms every year.

Practical demonstrations at the event will focus on workplace transport, machine safety, working at height, handling livestock and safe lifting.

Tanya Stewart, HSE Principal Inspector in Cheshire, said: “We’ll be offering simple tips that won’t cost a lot to put into practice and could even help to boost productivity.

“It’s an alarming statistic that farmers are ten times more likely than most workers to be killed while at work. I’d encourage them to give up half a day of their time to come along to the event in Cheshire.”

Farmers interested in attending should email [email protected]

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