The AF Group has partnered with the safety at work business Safepoint to offer its farmer members a technology-based way to improve safety on their farms.

Norwich-based Techshift launched its Safepoint system a year ago, and it is now used in sectors from agriculture, health and social care to property, as well as offshore and shipping operations.

The Safepoint safety system uses an automated alarm, that does not require a mobile phone signal, to alert managers of potential problems with remote workers. Alerts can be triggered in two ways – either by a manual emergency trigger via the app or the safety button, or a time-out alert which alerts ‘guardians’ (designated managers) when a worker’s task duration expires.

“We have been looking for a system that gives farm owners and farm managers the ability to look out for the welfare of their staff, especially during tasks undertaken whilst working alone,” says Michael Simnett, communications projects lead for the AF Group. “Mental health and farm safety are key areas within the farming industry with owners looking out for the wellbeing of their staff. The Safepoint system is very user friendly, easy to navigate and a perfect for all types of AF members.

“The ARC out-of-hours monitoring support offers peace of mind to all of our users, especially smaller farms where it is not always possible to have someone monitoring the portal. Another benefit for us is Safepoint’s incorporation of What3Words technology, meaning it is possible for farm workers to be located quickly in even the most rural of locations.

Safepoint also offers GuardianPlus, a dedicated 24/7 emergency response team service to manage emergency situations from its Response Centre in East Anglia

Safepoint’s partnership with the AF Group is supported by Comm-Tech, a supplier of business communications, which assists with sales and support for AF Group members.