To anyone who considers H&S and all it entails to be expensive, I would suggest they work out the FULL cost to their business, of an accident.The problem is that H& S in other fields has turned itself into a huge industry, of its own, more admin etc, with a lot of money generated for its mangers but resources wasted, excavator certificates one small example.
Why do we need more of that in Agriculture?
sometimes relatively easy to do small tweaks to a thing are all thats required,...... not necessarily a major job.
Say an employee slips when exiting a tractor and breaks an ankle.
Someone has to take him to A&E and wait while he is treated-could well be 5/6 hours for each person.
Six weeks off work for the injured party, means six weeks of agency or temporary help-who won't be as productive as they don't know where everything is, how everything works etc.
Your time spent reporting the accident, dealing with the insurance claim and the HSE
Increased insurance premiums if you are at fault (you did provide safety boots, train him on "3 points of Contact" made sure the tractor was washed down every day, didn't you?) And if you think your insurers will fight the claim, think again-as far as they are concerned it's usually cheaper to pay a small-4 figure- claim than fight it.
Even if the guy has only a minor sprain rather than a break, they're still the ten hours at A&E and a couple of days off work to pay for.
Prevention is no only better than cure, it's a darn sight cheaper!