Statistics show that while the farming workforce only accounts for 1.2% of the UK’s working population, farming accounts for 20% of all workplace fatalities. This equates to an average of more than 30 deaths and over 1000 serious injuries every year.
The most common causes of serious and fatal injuries in agriculture involve farm vehicles and machinery. To comply with legislation, you should carry out daily checks to make sure the machinery you are about to use, or allow someone else to use, is safe and working correctly.
Keeping a record of when checks have been carried out and what work has been done is also important. These records can help show that a machine is well maintained and regularly checked, proving invaluable in the event of an HSE inspection following an accident. The checks may also help reduce the risk of an accident occurring in the first place, as possible defects may be highlighted and repairs carried out before they deteriorate further. Regular maintenance can also extend the lifespan of the machine and help prevent deterioration of parts, which could lead to expensive repair bills.
Ensures compliance with HSWA, PUWER, Road Traffic Act, LOLER, & HSE regulations and best practice. A tag should be attached either at the entry point to the cab, or by the ignition box to help provide an immediate reminder to the operator before starting up the vehicle. The check book provides 25 individual checklists which are used to carry out a pre-use inspection with the findings placed inside the tag for all to see (a duplicate NCR copy is retained in the book for management records).