Farm Safety Focus
On this page we compile the most recent farm safety news bulletins affecting farm workers and labourers in the UK. We will be updating this section, so feel free to check back regularly for any potential updates.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week have chosen kindness as the theme this year because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health.
We are encouraging all Farmers and Herdspersons to look out for each other and try and keep in touch (albeit virtually). It's particularly difficult for those living alone and for those who cannot go and see family and friends and they are probably feeling very lonely at this time which will increase the longer this goes on.
Do not be afraid or embarrassed to talk about how you are feeling. It is ok to not be ok and part of the journey to feeling better is to be able to recognise that.
The Regional Managers are regularly in touch with Herdsmen and women by phone, but we want to encourage you that if you need to chat with any of your Regional Managers at any time then do pick up the phone or message by text or Whatsapp.
Check out our article on the NEWS section for further advice and some resources from Farm Safety Partnership and Somerset Mental Health in Agriculture Group, that can be useful to help you recognise signs and symptoms that someone may be struggling and where you can point them in the right direction for help.
Safety of Children on Farms
With many schools closing in March due to COVID-19, many Farmers will have their children home for an extended period, at a time with the improvement in weather that work on the Farm increases.
The Farm Safety Partnership has sent out a reminder to Farming Families to educate children on the potential risks and keep them safe.
There are links to educational resources from the HSE and HSE Northern Ireland website.
On the LKL website we have also produced a Children on Farm risk assessment template which can be downloaded and used to guide you of the hazards you will want to control and minimize.
Farms are not playgrounds - Keep a secure, fenced garden area for children to play.
Remember they are inquisitive, keep dangerous areas secure with fencing, padlocked doors and gates , netting, grids and covers such as :-
- Chemical stores and veterinary medicines
- Slurry pits and lagoons
- Machinery and workshops full of tools should be kept secure
- Ladders or steps that give access to places at height such as straw bale storage
Keep children away from yards and areas of vehicle movements and make sure that they are supervised at all times on the farm.
Make sure all staff know that children are at home and authorise them to stop work - and return them to a safe place with a responsible adult, if they wander into a hazardous area unsupervised.
Follow Safe Stop
LKL supports the Farm Safety Partnership who for the next quarter will be focusing on promoting safety messages covering Transport Safety Risks.
This month the reminder to all Farmers is to follow the Safe Stop Procedure
Follow Safe stop
- Put the handbrake on.
- Make sure the controls are in neutral (equipment made safe).
- Stop the engine (or turn off the power).
- Remove the key (or lock-off the power supply.
When to Follow Safe stop:
- Before leaving the driver’s seat/operating position,
- When anyone else approaches;
- Before anyone carries out maintenance, adjustments or to deal with a blockage.
Here at LKL we love this novel Keyring idea - a great idea shared - maybe you get get some made for your own vehicle keys ?
The Importance of Head Protection
Sit astride ATV’s are not fitted with a cab or roll bar and so head protection is vital. Many UK Fatalities involving ATV’s have been as a result of drivers not wearing Head protection.
The type of Helmets that should be worn include Motorcycle helmets, Mountaineering Helmets, specialist ATV helmets and should have a chin strap and be capable of being worn with goggles.
Forestry helmets or hard hats are not suitable.
Check out our Quad Bike section on our Health & Safety pages for more information.
NFU is offering a member discount offer of 25% off all Spada helmets - find out more and take up the offer here.
LKL Supports the Farm Safety Partnership's campaign on Safe Working at Heights
The Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) is promoting a Safe Working at Height message throughout October to December.
During these months a lot of farm maintenance is carried out and last year there were 7 fatalities from falls at height whilst carrying out these types of jobs. In addition, there were a large number of injuries, some of which may have been life changing.
Read the complete document here for questions to ask yourself before working at height.