Farmers urged to complete postal survey


The Ulster Farmers’ Union is calling on the 8,000 farm businesses selected at random to complete and return the voluntary Farm Safety Partnership Survey.

The questionnaire has been developed to better inform the partnership about what is happening on farms and the results will be used to support its work so that farmers stay as safe as possible.

UFU president Ian Marshall said: “The Farm Safety Partnership was launched back in May 2012 to reduce the number and severity of farm accidents in Northern Ireland. Making progress on this difficult issue however depends, in part, on knowing more about the situation on the ground, including the type and number of accidents that are occurring. The partnership has developed a postal survey to gather information on a range of important issues.

“The 8,000 farm businesses who have received a survey have been selected at random and while participation is completely voluntary, it would be of huge benefit to the Farm Safety Partnership to obtain the accurate and up-to-date information needed to improve health and safety on farms. I also want to assure those who complete the survey that the information collected will be held in strict confidence and only used for analysis and statistical purposes.”