Myerscough College students have engaged in a scheme to raise awareness of health and safety amongst young people working in agriculture.
The Yellow Wellies campaign is organised by the charity, the Farm Safety Foundation, who are kindly funded by rural insurers NFU Mutual, and aims to change attitudes towards farming safely in young farmers, and reduce injuries and fatalities.
Asking the question ‘who would fill your boots if there was an accident on the farm?, a group of Myerscough agriculture and agricultural engineering students and apprentices, engaged in the online Yellow Wellies Farm Safety training day. They were faced with accidents scenarios in which they had to say what had happened, identify what immediate steps needed to be taken and how the accident could be prevented.
The interactive ‘Introduction to Farm Safety’ training session adopts a unique approach to learning and has been developed by the Farm Safety Foundation specifically for agricultural students at land-based colleges and universities to raise awareness of the dangers of working in agriculture.
Using virtual reality, the farm safety training session means students view a working farm and its real risks, all without leaving the classroom. The course covers farm safety, mental health and how to start a difficult conversation about both.
For more information or to donate to the foundation go to http://www.yellowwellies.org/