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Understanding and influencing farmers’ attitudes [online]

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Internet only - free access
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Length:
x, 110 p. ;
Publisher:
Sudbury, Suffolk, U.K.: HSE
Year:
2009
Type:
Electronic resource
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Abstract:
Agriculture has the highest rate of fatal accidents of all UK industries. This study has examined farmers’ attitudes, and the underlying influences, to identify how these might be changed to help improve safety in the industry.
A literature review showed that people’s perceptions of risk are influenced by social, cultural and group processes but no studies look specifically at perceptions of risk and attitudes to safety among farmers.
The main study examined the influences on farmers’ attitudes based on interviews with 35 farmers either at their farm or at livestock markets in the South West and South East of England. The sample covered farmers on small and large farms.
The study found that overall the farmers had positive attitudes and behaviours with respect to safety.
However, negative attitudes and behaviours emerged in specific areas such as the use of guidance and health.
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