The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is reminding farmers about the importance of good all-round visibility when operating farm machinery.
All-round visibility is the theme of the Farm Safety Partnerships’ hard-hitting advert which shows the possible aftermath of the accidental death of a child on a farm.
The ad reinforces the message that such accidents can be avoided by putting in place simple safety measures - even if it is just making sure tractor mirrors and windows are clean. You can view the ad on HSENI’s YouTube channel
The following safety tips will help keep you and others safe on the farm.
HSENI’s vehicle visibility tips
q make sure mirrors or cameras are fitted to the vehicle
q keep all mirrors and windows clean and make sure you check all round before carrying out any manoeuvre
q adjust all mirrors properly to help eliminate blind spots - before moving the vehicle
q replace all mirrors and windows that are broken, or cracks that may impair vision
q fit cameras to the back of telescopic handlers
q check that all cameras (if fitted) are clean and fully functional on tractors and telescopic handlers
For more information about farming health and safety issues please contact the HSENI helpline on 0800 0320 121 or visit: www.hseni.gov.uk/farmsafety