December Farm Safety – Transport safety
As part of UKRS recently joining the Farm Safety Partnership, we're more committed than ever to promoting safer working practices within farming and rural communities. Each month we'll be focussing on different aspects of farm safety, and this month we're focussing on 'Transport Safety'. Here's the Farm Safety Partnership's guidance...
Transport safety messages
1. Don't be a run over victim - follow Safe Stop every time you leave the cab:
- Hand brake on
- Controls in neutral
- Engine off
- Key out
2. Drive legal and safe every time:
- Do brake and lights work?
- Can you see out of the windows and what is round you in the mirrors?
- Have you checked for drawbar ring wear and that trailers are hitched up securely?
- Have you checked that loads are secure?
3. One way to stop yourself from dying in a farm vehicle accident? Put the seat belt on.
- Every year farmers are killed when their vehicle overturns and they are thrown out of the cab
4. Every year farmers are killed and injured because they are run over, trapped and crushed by vehicles in farm yard incidents. Make your yard a safe yard:
- Put in traffic routes
- Segregate vehicles and pedestrians
- Have adequate lighting, signage, speed limits and mirrors in yard
- Avoid reversing - have one-way systems
- Beware of overhead cables- make sure visitors know where they are
- Wear hi viz
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.
We will be communicating the latest partnership safety messages through numerous communications channels over the coming months.