Farms not using ATVs safely – study
A study conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed as many as 62% of Scottish farms are not using All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) safely.
Under the intensive inspection initiative, some 58 farms were visited over a period of two weeks. The statistics were released on the opening day of the Royal Highland Show.
Following the inspection, a total of 36 improvement notices were issued – which included 25 notices for using ATVs without appropriate training, 10 for a lack of suitable head protection, and one for poor maintenance.
Figures show that every year at least two people die and more than 1,000 suffer injuries in ATV accidents, on average.
In the four years up to 2008-09, some three agricultural workers lost their lives in incidents involving ATVs in Scotland.
Commenting on the results of the study, Michael Moore MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, said: “These results should act as a sharp shock for the agricultural industry. Agriculture remains one of the most dangerous ways to make a living in Britain and farmers must do more to protect themselves and their workers.
“Many incidents involving ATVs, like so many other farming-related incidents that can result in death or injury, are easily preventable if simple measures are taken.”