Saturday, 06 February 2016

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2016 becomes capital of fresh produce trade for three days

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Perupas shortlisted for Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

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Givaudan celebrates ten years of ethical sourcing

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Kiremko starts construction works at new facility

Kiremko starts construction works at new facility

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Sensor-based systems for the potato industry exhibited at Fruit Logistica 2016

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AHDB launches website to improve potato chips quality

AHDB launches website to improve potato chips quality

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Snack manufacturer Ibersnacks assesses its weigher-bagger equipment

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FAM and Stumabo launch NECST - Next Evolution in Centrifugal Slicing Technology

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Pasteurization - It’s all about safety first

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Kiremko and Packo present new product pump

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Company introduces potato starch for clean label food coatings

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Welsh potato growers get latest know-how on Potato Day

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Chile considered robust market for American agricultural equipment

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Dundee-China collaboration discovers potential ‘Achilles heel’ of potato blight

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SmartStor controller wins Certificate of Merit at Lamma 2016

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Another stage completed at new Agristo cold store

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The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning workers to take extra care during the harvest season following the death of a farm worker earlier this month.

The plea comes after a 34-year-old was killed in Fife, Scotland, when his limbs became trapped in a potato harvester. The HSE is also investigating injuries to a man in Lincolnshire who was injured whilst using a chopping machine and another in Cambridgeshire who had his arm crushed by cleaning rollers.

In the last seven years, there have been three deaths involving potato harvesters and a number of injuries. Over the past five years, 82 workers suffered fatal injuries involving farm machinery between July and October, with deaths during these four harvest months accounting for almost half of all deaths in agriculture since 2004/05.

HSE's Tony Mitchell said: "We understand that farmers are under immense time pressures, with the weather often another obstacle to contend with, but this should not mean they take short cuts with safety, risking a lifetime of disability or death. This not only impacts on them, but also their families and their livelihoods.

"It is essential that proper systems are in place for cleaning machinery, fixing it or removing blockages. It must be switched off before any work is attempted on it."

The HSE has launched a campaign with the slogan ‘Make the promise. Come home safe', which aims to help reduce death and injury in the sector by raising awareness. More than 15,000 farmers have already signed up.

HSE has published an information sheet ‘Safe use of potato harvesters' available online at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/ais13.pdf[1] or by contacting HSE Books on 01787881165.

A Safe Potato Handling DVD has been produced by the Potato Council with support from HSE, the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Grimme UK.

 

 

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