New Programme Of Farm Safety Visits Starts

A second round of targeted HSENI farm safety visits gets under way

The initiative will see more than 1,000 farm safety visits being undertaken by the end of March 2014.

Officers from the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) will be working directly with farmers to highlight the four key dangers on their farms – Slurry, Animals, Falls and Equipment (ie SAFE).

Malcolm Downey, head of the Farm Safety Team at HSENI, appealed to farmers to take on board the safety advice that the HSENI officers will be offering during these farm safety visits. He said: “Through this new programme of visits we aim to advise and to offer guidance to farmers to help them take effective steps to improve safety on their farms. However, should our officers see incidents where risk is imminent, such as unguarded PTO shafts, they will not hesitate to serve prohibition notices.”

Harry Sinclair, President of the Ulster Farmers’ Union, added: “This is an important safety programme and farmers should heed the advice being given and think about the risks involved. And, if required they should take proper action to eliminate all unsafe working practices on their farms.”

If you would like to request a farm visit for your farm, you can contact the HSENI Helpline on Tel 0800 0320 121. Find more information on farming health and safety issues in Northern Ireland on the HSENI Farm Safe website.