A new safety award launched at LAMMA by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE), in partnership with SSAB, the Nordic and US-based steel company and Farmers Guardian is now open for entries
The annual award, will be judged by a panel of eminent agricultural engineering specialists and is open to any company, institution, organisation or individual. The prize will comprise of a statuette, £300 and an invitation to visit SSAB in Sweden.
The prize will be awarded for an innovation, product or practice which supports best practice in promoting safety and can demonstrate the clear benefits. This could relate for example to new design features, lighter products, simplified production, longer life time, improved performance or beneficial environmental effects. The prize will also cover methods and tools.
Alastair Taylor, CEO of IAgrE said, "Agriculture is the most dangerous industry in the UK with an average of one person being killed each week on farms and many serious injuries and cases of ill health occurring across the landbased sector, the incident rates show no sign of reducing. At IAgrE we are committed to help the industry improve this figure and believe this new award is a way of raising and promoting a healthy and safe agricultural industry."
Johan Mattsson, SSAB Key Segment Specialist, Agriculture said, "The farm is one of the most dangerous workplaces of modern society. Fortunately, Advanced High Strength Steel has enormous potential to really make a difference for environment, animals and people living and working on farms.
Details on how to enter can be accessed at www.iagre.org.