November Farm Safety - Working at Heights
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 'Safety at Heights'. Here's the Farm Safety Partnerships guidance...
Work at height safety messages
1. Avoid roof work or work at height maintaining buildings. Do as much as you can from the ground e.g. use extending equipment to clear gutters.
2. Avoid doing the work yourself. Use a professional contractor with the knowledge, skills equipment and experience to safely work at height on buildings.
3. On very rare occasions where roof work or building maintenance at height cannot be avoided make sure the work is planned and carried out by people with the right training and equipment. For example, trained and experienced people using a mobile elevating work platform or scaffold.
4. Don't be tempted to use the wrong equipment. Being lifted on the forks or bucket of a telehandler is illegal.
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.