Next week is Farm Safety Week, and this year's focus is on protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of the agricultural community.

The recently published HSE statistics (previous insight here) show that agriculture, forestry and fishing had the most deaths at work last year of any industry, with 32 people losing their life.

This makes working in this sector the UK's most dangerous occupation, with the highest rate of injury per worker at 18 times higher than the all industry average.

The impact of a work - related injury or death can be devastating in the agricultural community, and adds to the pressures already faced by a farming business due to the potential downtime, civil claims and criminal prosecutions which could follow.

Next week provides the perfect opportunity to review health and safety practices, making farms and farmers better able to protect themselves and the longevity of their business for future generations. Especially in an era of increasing farm diversification, it has never been more important to ensure all risks have been identified, controlled and reviewed.