Safety on Farms - A Shared Responsibility

Hazard/risk and potential practical control measures

ACCESS AND EGRESS

  • Move gates to a position that gives better visibility.
  • Gates should be recessed to allow a lorry, tractor or trailer to pull in before opening.
  • Manage hedges or trees to improve visibility, access and egress.
  • Exchange specific route information.


OVERHEAD POWER LINES (OHPLS)

  • Tipping, loading and unloading areas should be at a safe distance from any OHPLs.
  • Where possible re-site the tipping, loading and unloading areas away from OHPLs.
  • Where tipping, loading and unloading areas cannot be re-sited, arrange to have OHPLs diverted or buried (consult with the owners of the OHPLs).
  • Consider providing visitors with a map of the farm indicating the position and height of any OHPLs.
  • Consider erecting barriers to prevent vehicles encroaching too near OHPLs (eg placing goalposts either side of the cable, indicating a safe height).
  • Erect clear warning signs setting out maximum permissible heights of vehicles working near or under any OHPL.
  • If a trailer comes into contact with a power cable, leave the vehicle by jumping clear. Do not make contact with the ground and the vehicle at the same time, as this would complete the electrical circuit. Prevent anyone else from coming into contact with the vehicle while it is touching any power cable.


LIGHTING

  • Where appropriate, improve lighting or re-schedule delivery or collection times.


LADDERS, STEPS, FLOORS, PARTICULARLY LOFTS AND CATWALKS

  • You should ensure all areas and equipment are safe, stable and secure.
  • Visitors should not place themselves in any situation where their health and safety may be at risk.


PIPES AND FITTINGS

  • Pipes and fittings should be regularly inspected and maintained.
  • All parties should monitor conditions and communicate any changes as they occur.


BULK BINS (EG STATIC SHOCK FROM UNEARTHED BINS) AND MECHANICAL HANDLING FACILITIES

  • Provide effective electrical bonding and earth all metallic bulk bins and associated metallic structures.


DUSTS OR VAPOURS (EG GRAIN DUST)

  • Avoid contact in the first instance.
  • If this is not possible, ensure the use of adequate and appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Ensure there is no ignition source near grain stores or loading and unloading areas.


MANUAL HANDLING (EG BAGS AND BOXES)

  • Where practicable, avoid manual handling by using machinery and equipment (eg forklifts).
  • Ensure adequate vehicle access and egress to delivery points.
  • Ensure appropriate training.


CHILDREN

  • Segregate children from potentially dangerous activities, including moving and working vehicles and equipment.
  • Supervise children.
  • Children should not ride in vehicle cabs.
  • Never assume children are not in the vicinity.
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