Farmers Guradian
Topics
Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Arable Farming Magazine

Arable Farming Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

CropTec

LAMMA 2018

New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now
Login or Register
New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now
New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now

Ensuring your farm machinery is safe: five things you should do...

When it comes to ensuring your farm machinery is safe, size doesn’t matter.



Twitter Facebook
Twitter Facebook

Many farmers might assume having engineering insurance means they are covered in the event of an accident — but just having this cover does not absolve them of all health and safety obligations.

 

The belief that compliance with the rules only applies to large commercial producers and not to smaller farms is a myth.

 

Typically, engineering insurance will cover sudden and unforeseen damage to plant and machinery on a farm — this could be a breakdown of a machine or the explosion of a boiler.

 

Cover can insure vital equipment is repaired or replaced.

 

However, the cover will not involve a regular inspection of your plant or machinery, and on its own, is not enough to meet some of the industry regulations that exist in the UK. Additional protection for your farm and its contents is required.

 

Accidents are rare but they could mean:

 

  • Your site is closed down while the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigates
  • You lose a worker who is key to the successful operation of your business
  • You are unable to fulfil orders and have to let down your customers
  • Your reputation as a good employer and trusted supplier is damaged
  • You are forced to pay hundreds of pounds to the HSE under its Fee For Intervention cost recovery rules
  • Your insurance could be voided if you were deemed to be negligent
  • You and your family have to cope with the emotional impact of a colleague’s serious injury or death.

 

Farmers and rural businesses should also be aware that tougher sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences came into force on February 1, 2016.

 

This directs courts to consider culpability, the seriousness of harm risked and the likelihood of harm, as well as the size of business based on its turnover.

 

What can you do about this?

An inspection of machinery and vehicles will help to identify whether it can be used safely and can help to detect any deterioration which can be remedied before it becomes a health and safety risk.

 

You should:

 

  • Ensure machinery and vehicles on the farm are regularly maintained;
  • Make certain only safe working loads are used when lifting (to comply with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998)
  • Provide adequate training for workers using machinery
  • Use the right equipment for the job
  • Employ a competent and independent person to conduct a thorough examination of vehicles and machinery.

 

Where can I find out more?

 

With so many regulations to contend with, it can be confusing.

 

NFU Mutual has partnered with Vulcan Inspection Services, a leader in this field with over 150 years of expertise.


Read More

‘Enough is enough’ - Young farmers club launches farm safety campaign after tragic death of member ‘Enough is enough’ - Young farmers club launches farm safety campaign after tragic death of member
Agri-Innovation Den: Innovation in agriculture machinery Agri-Innovation Den: Innovation in agriculture machinery
Arable machinery to strut its stuff at Cereals 2017 Arable machinery to strut its stuff at Cereals 2017
Farm vehicles and children: Safety rules and regulations you must follow Farm vehicles and children: Safety rules and regulations you must follow
From the editor: Industry must unite to bring lasting change over safety From the editor: Industry must unite to bring lasting change over safety

Twitter Facebook
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.
Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS