2008-2017 with a significant increase recorded in the
number of non-fatal injuries associated with tractors
and machinery in the 2017 National Farm Survey. Safe
use of machinery on farms is particularly challenging,
according to the Health and Safety Authority. It says
that farmers, contractors and anyone involved with the
farming sector must prioritise tractor and machinery
safety if deaths and serious injury are to be prevented.
The HSA's clear message is that the operator, the
machine itself and the environment in which they are
working are all key considerations in the safe use of
"The operator must be fully competent, have an
intimate knowledge of all controls, be alert and fit for
work," said Pat Gri n, senior inspector with the HSA.
"The machine must be suitable for the work, checked
before use and properly maintained, particularly
braking systems and all-round visibility."
Work activity should be planned: consider the work
environment; establish one-way systems; minimise
reversing; and eliminate blind corners. And, any person
who is not involved in the work should be kept away
from all machinery, advised the HSA.
· Tyre condition/inflation
· No fluid leaks
· Number plates visible/clean
· Fit to drive
· Follows safety rules
· Valid licence and insurance
· Appropriate personal protective equipment
· View not obscured eg. stickers
· Windscreen wipers present and