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Could farmers benefit from installing metal gates?

Could farmers benefit from installing metal gates?
Farmers could soon show increased demand for metal gates and other security features as special sessions are being held on how they can improve their health and safety.

The free safety events are taking place in Burton Constable in East Yorkshire and aim to show how farmers can make their industry less hazardous to workers and visitors alike.

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which is responsible for the course, show that between 40 and 50 people are killed on farms ever year, more than many other industrial sectors.

HSE inspector Tim Johnson commented: "Many farmers are self-employed or run small businesses so we want to make sure they're not putting themselves, family and visitors, as well as their livelihoods, at risk."

Of the 1,300 farmers who attended the events last year, 95 per cent of them said they would recommend the sessions to others.

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Date: 05/10/2011 14:54:10

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