HSA targets thousands of safety inspections on farms this year
The agriculture sector is set to receive special attention for safety inspections this year, the Heath and Safety Authority (HSA) has announced.
The Authority has today published its ‘Programme of Work for 2017’ providing details of planned actions, priorities and inspection targets for the year.
The reduction of workplace fatalities in all sectors remains a priority and the Authority will carry out a wide range of enforcement, prevention and support activity during 2017.
This year there are a total of 11,220 workplace inspections and investigations planned.
There will be 4,000 construction site inspections with a focus on preventing accidents involving self-employed workers and small sized contractors.
The HSA says the agriculture sector will also receive significant attention with 2,000 farm inspections planned. However, this is down from a target of 2,300 announced last year.
The Authority says there will be a continued emphasis on promoting safety on farms through participation in knowledge-sharing and discussion groups.
An updated Farm Safety Code of Practice will also be published.