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Safety chiefs' advice for farmers following two tragic deaths

Health and Safety chiefs have issued a warning after a farmer was killed while trimming tree branches.

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Safety chiefs' advice for farmers following two tragic deaths

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlighted the guidance following the death of the farmer in Wales on March 7.

 

HSE said while trees on agricultural land had to be maintained and managed, being struck by a tree or branch during felling and pruning was a ’significant cause of death and major injury’ in all the land-based industries.

 

HSE advice on working safely:

  • The law requires all chainsaw operators to be trained and competent.
  • Training is available for farmers as well as those working in forestry and arboriculture.
  • Tree work must be planned and supervised.
  • Emergency arrangements should be in place so first aid can be provided and there is a way to quickly contact emergency services.
  • The correct tools and personal protective equipment must be used.
  • Tools and safety equipment must be in full working condition.

 

More guidance can be found at hse.gov.uk


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Earlier in the month a 32-year-old farm worker died when the tractor he was driving hit an electricity pylon in Immingham, near Grimsby, in Lincolnshire.

 

The collision happened at the site of the former North Killinghome Airfield on March 5.

 

HSE offered the following advice for those working with farm machinery:

 

Whenever using machinery, before leaving the driver’s seat/operating position – follow the safe stop procedure:

  • Hand brake on;
  • Controls to neutral or safe;
  • Engine switched off;
  • Key removed.

 

Never get on or off moving farm vehicles and do not drive tractors unless they are properly maintained and safe.

 

Always make sure you:

  • Use vehicles, machines and handling equipment that have been inspected and are free from faults.
  • Have been trained and know how to deal with blockages and other problems.
  • Know how to maintain the equipment.
  • Get in professional help for complex maintenance.
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