It’s a busy time of the year on Farms across the country. With that in mind it’s essential to revisit some basics of Farm Safety, and the where hazards lie on Irish Farms.
50% of all accidents on farms involve Farm machinery & Farm vehicles, followed by Livestock at 14%, drowning or Slurry gas at 10% and falls at 10%. Farm Machinery has gotten bigger in size over recent years, then you factor in the season with people rushing around and slipping falling or being hit or crushed.
Farm Safety Statements are useful documents only if they are implemented. Having one in a folder renders it meaningless. Putting plenty of relevant safety signs up in the yard to identify hazards and remind people to be cautious is a good start. Meticulous maintenance of machinery and good housekeeping will also help. Here are our essential tips for a safer summer on your farm:
- Working fire extinguishers – need to be certified every 6 months
- Plenty of signage around the yard and in sheds to highlight hazards
- Safe storage of chemicals and waste oils in a locked cabinet
- Keep workshop neat and tidy – yard the same – a simple trip can be avoided
- Undertake training on the machinery to be used and carry out risk assessments
- Have you carried out a first aid course?
Following these and other farm safety tips will lead to a safer summer on your farm.
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