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Campaign to reduce accidents
THE Farm Safety Partnership, supported by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), has launched a Safe Stop campaign in an effort to reduce on-farm death and injury rates caused by inappropriate operation of farm machinery.
A series of stickers have been designed to prompt farm workers to follow the actions necessary for a “safe stop”: handbrake on, controls in neutral, engine off, remove key.
Agricultural machinery dealers involved in the scheme will provide a set of the stickers when they carry out a health and safety installation check when customers purchase new equipment.
This will include an inspection of the handbrake and the purchaser will be advised to place the sticky labels in locations to remind them of the “safe stop” procedure.
IOSH Rural Industries Group vice-chairman Alan Plom, said: “Although the Safe Stop course of action is not a new concept, it is clear from the number of accidents that these simple precautions are being overlooked.
“This is only the start of this initiative and the industry is being invited to share ideas to improve other aspects of machinery safety and come up with new ways to encourage operators to work safely.”
Adam Quinney, NFU vicepresident and Farm Safety Partnership chairman, said: “Sadly there are still too many accidents where people are killed or injured by equipment they are operating. We hope that by encouraging people to follow the steps of the ‘safe stop’ procedure, as well as checking the handbrakes of new and existing equipment, we can help to reduce accidents related to machinery.”
For more details about the scheme visit farmsafetypartnership.co.uk.
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