HSE Agriculture E:Bulletin June 2013

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Welcome to the HSE Agriculture eBulletin

We have a packed and varied edition this month, starting with our regular update on our programme of Safety and Health Awareness Days.  The incidents featured in this edition highlight the need to assess and plan work on the farm and to properly maintain equipment, especially during the busy months ahead.  We also have topics ranging from consultations on new Approved Codes of Practice, guidance from Railtrack on level crossings and a new enforcement code for local authority inspections. 

Cow with calves  

SHADs

Planning for this year’s programme of Safety and Health Awareness Days (SHADs) is well under way and we have recently added a number of events to our diary.

SHADs offer an opportunity for farmers to gain free advice, from trained instructors on how to avoid the common causes of accidents and ill health on their farms.

Feedback shows that 99% of the farmers who have recently attended a SHAD would recommend attendance to others

Please see the SHAD Diary for details.


Local Authority Inspections

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) statutory National Enforcement Code for local authorities came into effect on 29 May 2013.

The code and list of those areas suitable for proactive targeting (which includes open farm/visitor attractions) can be found on HSE’s website.

National Enforcement Code


Avoiding danger from overhead power lines

As we saw in last month's bulletin, incidents involving vehicles coming in to contact with overhead power lines are all too common. HSE guidance on avoiding danger from overhead power lines (GS6) has been updated, and is essential reading for anyone who works or controls work close to overhead power lines.  

It can be viewed at Overhead Power Lines


Slurry

Two farmworkers killed in a slurry accident must not be forgotten, say bereaved families who are behind a new campaign to raise awareness of a little-known deadly gas.

Read about the campaign at Farmers Weekly


Farmers urged to ‘See track, think train’ on level crossings

Farmers across the country are being urged to ‘See track, think train’ when they use level crossings.  Network Rail hopes a new campaign will make farmers more aware that they should treat level crossings as they would a busy road, even in quiet rural areas. Network Rail is also offering compensation packages to landowners who would like to sell the rights to their crossings.  If you would like to pursue this option, please contact Network Rail’s liability negotiations manager Don Hughes on 0121 345 3354

Visit Network Rail for more information and guidance on how to use level crossings safely.


Cattle and public footpaths

There have been a number of recent fatalities involving members of the public and cattle.  If you keep cattle and have public footpaths on your land, please make sure you read the HSE guidance which has suggestions on how to manage the risks.

Guidance for England and Wales

Guidance for Scotland


HSE Consultation – Have your say

Following on from recommendations made in Professor Loftstedt’s report ‘Reclaiming health and Safety For All’, HSE is currently consulting on revisions to a number of Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs). 

ACoPs currently under consultation, include:

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended)

Workplace health, safety and welfare

Safe installation and use of gas systems and appliances

Details of the consultation

Index of consultations   


Machinery and maintenance of equipment

All equipment and machinery must be properly maintained to ensure that it is in a safe condition before it is used on the farm.

Information on maintenance of equipment

The co-owner of a South Lakeland farm has been sentenced after an employee was found dead under the wheel of a poorly maintained tractor.

Tractor Incident

HSE’s guide Using Tractors Safely has recently been updated.

A farming company has been fined after a worker was left permanently scarred from severe injuries to her leg and ankle when they were caught in an unguarded conveyor system.

Conveyor Incident

Guidance on Working safely with agricultural machinery


Working at height

Falls from Height are the second highest cause of death in Agriculture. The incidents below illustrate the devastating consequences of failing to plan this work correctly.

A worker suffered multiple head injuries and was left blind in one eye after he plunged nearly five metres through a fragile barn roof.

Edale Barn Incident 

A farmer has been fined for safety failings after his friend broke his back in a fall while helping him out on his County Durham farm.

Durham Barn Incident

Guidance on working at height in agriculture 

A farm owner has been prosecuted after an untrained worker plunged over four metres from a tree as he was using a chainsaw to prune branches.

Tree incident 

HSE’s guidance Chainsaws at work has recently been updated.

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