Farm Vehicle Safety

4th October 2017

Farm Vehicle’s

The most common cause of serious and fatal injuries in agriculture involve the moving and overturning of farm vehicle’s. We hope this guidance from HSE, on how to manage workplace transport issues including Farm Vehicle’s will be of assistance.

Safe workplace transport
Because of the wide variety of activities involving transport in agriculture, it is easier to identify problems and take action if you break your transport activities into areas:

● Safe Stop
● Safe Vehicle
● Safe Driver
● Safe Site

Safe stop
● Engage handbrake
● Controls in neutral
● Switch off engine (or turn off power)
● Remove key (or lock-off the power supply)

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Follow Safe Stop:
● before leaving the driver’s seat/operating position;
● when anyone else approaches;
● before anyone carries out maintenance, adjustments or deals with a blockage.

Safe vehicle
Check that vehicles, machines and handling equipment are:

● suitable for the work and capable of safely performing the jobs to be done, with reversing aids such as mirrors;
● inspected daily and faults repaired promptly;
● properly maintained, paying particular attention to braking systems.

Check that your vehicles, or any machines with workers riding or working on them, are fitted with roll-over protective structures (ROPS) and seatbelts if there is a risk of overturning.

Check that:

● drivers of lift trucks and loaders are protected from falling objects;
● loads are stable and secure;
● trailers have adequate brakes designed for the maximum loads and speeds at which they will operate;
● keys are kept secure when vehicles are not in use.

Safe driver
Check that drivers:

● are medically fit to drive;
● are properly trained and unauthorised people are not allowed to drive;
● know how to safely enter and exit the vehicle.

Never allow passengers to ride on or in vehicle cabs unless they are sitting on a passenger seat in a safe position and cannot impede the driver, accidentally contact the machine controls, or obscure the driver’s vision. No-one should mount or dismount a moving vehicle.

Safe site
Check that:

● vehicles and pedestrians are separated where possible;
● visiting drivers are aware of your rules, including parking areas, one-way systems etc;
● vehicle routes reduce the need to reverse, eg by adding turning circles, or using one-way systems;
● traffic routes are properly maintained and adequately lit;
● warning and speed limit signs are clear and consistent with the Highway Code.
● locate silos and stores in a safe place away from OHPLs to reduce risks during feed deliveries

Never approach or walk behind or beside a reversing vehicle. If you must approach, attract the driver’s attention first when it is safe to do so and get them to stop especially if you need to speak to the driver or mount the machine.

● Audible alarms can be fitted to vehicles to warn people when they are reversing
● Never attempt to squeeze between a moving vehicle and a doorway or fixed object
● If possible have separate doorways in buildings for vehicles and pedestrians
● Wear high visibility clothing to help others see you

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Agriculture – Frequently asked questions
Tractors and farm vehicle’s

What are the requirements for maintaining and operating tractors?
People new to a task should receive adequate information and training to do their work safely and effectively. Depending on the nature of the work, the training may vary from simple instructions provided by their supervisor, through to nationally recognised courses providing comprehensive basic training and accredited qualifications.

Recognised standards of formal training and/or competence are normally required for specific tasks or work activities such as using chainsaws, tree work, applying pesticides, driving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), fork-lift trucks or telescopic materials handlers, sheep dipping and first aid.

Kentra Training is based in rural Cheshire and we have been delivering training for over 20 years to the farming community. We are experienced is providing all of the following courses, and upon successful completion of the course we will issue a Kentra or NPORS ID card as evidence of the training provided.
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
Fork-lift trucks or telescopic materials handlers
Agricultural tractors
Loading shovels

Farm Vehicle Practical delivery by Norman 

Our news publications this month will be looking at all types of Horticulture machinery and equipment. Everything from Tractors and Chainsaw’s to Leaf blowers, all of which are in use during this mid Autumn month.

We hope you have found this article ‘Farm Vehicle Safety’ to be of interest, and as always our office staff are available for you to Contact Us and happy to discuss any of your training queries.

Warm Regards The Kentra Team

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