Safety on Farms - A Shared Responsibility

Hazard/risk and potential practical control measures

VEHICLE MOVEMENTS

  • Segregate pedestrians from vehicle movement areas, (especially children).
  • Minimise reversing or consider use of reversing aids, such as mounted mirrors, banksman or reversing alarms.
  • Consider enlarging yard or introducing a one-way system.
  • Make sure surfaces are suitable for the vehicles used.
  • Minimise blind spots (eg use mounted mirrors).


OBSTACLES IN THE WORKING AREA (EG MACHINERY)

  • Ensure all working areas are clear and unobstructed.


ANIMALS (INCLUDING PETS)

  • Ensure they are kept under control at all times.


MACHINERY (EG CONVEYORS)

  • Ensure all machinery is guarded appropriately and that equipment is regularly inspected and maintained.
  • Ensure all people expected to use machinery have had the appropriate instruction.


WORKING AT HEIGHTS

  • Avoid climbing on vehicles or their loads where practicable.
  • Where practical, lorries should be fitted with automatic remotely operated sheeting devices, which avoid the need for anyone to climb onto the vehicle or its load.
  • If it is essential to climb onto the vehicle or its load, a safe system should be used to prevent falls (eg sheeting, gantries).


LOAD SECURITY

  • Lorries and trailers to have effective fixings (refer to DTLR publication, Safety of loads on vehicles).


DELIVERY OR COLLECTION INFORMATION (EG TIMINGS)

  • Ensure appropriate liaison between farmer or grower and visitor.


OTHER WORK ACTIVITIES IN PROGRESS ON SITE

  • Keep work activities and visitors separate if either group is at risk from the others activities.


SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

  • Where possible, provide a clean and even surface with adequate drainage and lighting.
  • Ensure that spills, ice, snow or any other obstacles are cleared.


FIRE

  • Where appropriate, provide equipment, signs and means of escape and ensure visitors are given all appropriate safety information.


FERTILISER (INTERMEDIATE BULK CONTAINERS)

  • Provide suitable offloading equipment.
  • Ensure drivers are given appropriate training in offloading techniques.
  • Never stand under raised bags.


OVERLOADING

  • Know your vehicle.
  • Establish weights of loads in advance.
  • Be aware of and use the nearest weighbridge.
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