Autumn Farm Safety – Working at heights
As a member of the Farm Safety Partnership, we're more committed than ever to promoting safer working practices within farming and rural communities. Each season the Farm Safety Partnership focusses on different aspects of farm safety, and this Autumn the focus is on 'Working at Heights'.
Here's the Farm Safety Partnership's key guidance...
- Avoid roof work or work at height maintaining buildings. Do as much as you can from the ground.
- Use a professional contractor with the knowledge, skills, equipment and experience to safely work at height on buildings. Avoid doing the work yourself.
- Where maintenance work at height cannot be avoided, plan ahead to make sure you have the right equipment and training.
- Don't be tempted to use the wrong equipment.
The NFU has published a new guide offering practical advice to help prevent accidents when working at height. Download the Safety Focus: Working At Height leaflet here.
NFU Vice President and FSP chairman Stuart Roberts said:
"During the last few months of the year many farmers look to do general maintenance around the farm. While we farmers like to consider ourselves a jack of all trades, we need to start asking ourselves, what if the shoe was on the other foot? Would we let a builder grow our crops or care for our livestock?
"Even if we've always done something a certain way, we need to take the time to consider the safest course of action. Whether it's finding a way to do the job from the ground, investing in training staff or hiring a professional contractor, all it takes is a bit of planning to make sure we have the right people, the right training and the right equipment for the job at hand.
"A safe workplace is not only crucial for our welfare and the welfare of our employees, but for the sustainability of our businesses too."
About our Farm Safety Partnership membership
UKRS are delighted to communicate its membership to the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP). The Farm Safety Partnership represents a broad spectrum of agricultural interests, including the large farming membership organisations; auctioneers; training providers; farming press; and machinery dealers.
As a member we have committed to raising safety awareness in the industry and to support the aims of the partnership:
- To provide leadership to improve the safety of farms and allied industries.
- To reduce the numbers of deaths and major injuries to farmers, workers and anyone else coming into contact with farming activities.