Northern Trust awarded Farm Safety Affiliate status

The Northern Trust is one of 14 organisations to be awarded Farm Safety Affiliate status. The Affiliate Scheme is part of the Farm Safety Partnership’s (FSP) commitment to encourage and recognise organisations who pledge to utilise their resources and expertise to improve farm safety.

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton and Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Michelle McIlveen recently launched the Farm Safety Affiliate Scheme.

Speaking at the launch Economy Minister Simon Hamilton said:

“Farming is a vital part of the Northern Ireland economy and it is crucial that we make every effort to improve the health and safety within the industry.

“Since its inception, the Farm Safety Partnership has worked tirelessly to increase awareness about farm safety and to reduce work-related fatalities and injuries on our farms. The 14 organisations recognised today are well placed within the local agricultural community to enhance the good work already undertaken and to keep farm safety to the fore.”

Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Michelle McIlveen added:

“I welcome the launch of the Affiliate scheme and I commend the commitment of these organisations to work hard to improve health and safety within the agricultural sector.

“These organisations share our aims to work in partnership to improve the health and safety of the local farming community and I look forward to their efforts to help raise the profile of farm safety in Northern Ireland. I would encourage other organisations who want to demonstrate their commitment to supporting the industry to join the scheme.”

Commenting on the scheme, HSENI and FSP Chairman George Lucas said:

“It is great to see so many reputable organisations putting their weight behind the farm safety message. The level of interest in the Affiliate scheme shows how key the issue of safety is within this industry.

“The FSP looks forward to working with these organisations and building on the work already undertaken to help make our farming community safe.”

11th July 2016

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