That was the message ahead of today’s (October 1) launch of the Safe Stop campaign by the Farm Safety Partnership, supported by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
The campaign is being launched at the NFU, Warwickshire, and a series of stickers have been designed to prompt machinery users to follow the actions necessary for a ‘safe stop’: handbrake on, controls in neutral, engine off and remove the key.
Agricultural machinery dealers involved in the scheme will provide a set of the ‘safe stop’ stickers when they carry out a health and safety installation check when customers receive new equipment.
This will include an inspection of the handbrake and the purchaser will be advised to place the sticky labels in locations to remind them of the ‘safe stop’ procedure.
Organiser of the workshop, IOSH Rural Industries Group vice-chair Alan Plom, said: “Although the Safe Stop course of action is not a new concept, it is clear from so many accidents that these simple precautions are being overlooked.
“This is only the start of this initiative and the delegates, representing a wide cross section of the industry at today’s workshop, will be invited to share ideas to improve other aspects of machinery safety and come up with new ways to encourage operators to work safely.”
Adam Quinney, NFU vice president and Farm Safety Partnership chairman, said: “Sadly there are still too many accidents where people are killed or injured by the equipment that they are operating. We hope that by encouraging people to follow the steps of the ‘safe stop’ procedure as well as checking the handbrakes of new and existing equipment, we can help to reduce accidents related to machinery.”
You can find more details about the scheme, including where to find participating dealers, by visiting www.farmsafetypartnership.co.uk.