FARMING organisations are working hard to improve the UK’s farm safety record, the NFU has said.

Latest statistics show a fall in the number of fatal accidents for the second year in a row but agriculture remains the industry with the highest rate of fatal accidents.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures have been published during Farm Safety Week (June 30 to July 6) designed to highlight the risks farmers face every day.

They show a fall in fatal accidents this year to 27 workers – down from 29 workers in 2012/13.

NFU Vice President Guy Smith said: “While any drop in the statistics is welcome news, we must not forget that every number represents many shattered lives. The NFU is actively working to help raise awareness of health and safety issues across the industry. The Farm Safety Partnership is leading the way to raise awareness - with each organisation that is represented dedicated to raising safety standards.

The Farm Safety Partnership, which is chaired by the NFU, is an industry-led initiative committed to improving agriculture’s safety record and to help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries.