Experts mucking in on farm safety demos
Published 11/05/2016 | 02:30
FRS Training (Farm Relief Services), and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are rolling up their sleeves and mucking in to bring practical interactive farm safety demonstrations to the forefront of this year's FTMTA Grass and Muck.
The organisations will be focusing on three farm hazard areas: safe handling of bales and crush zones; PTO safety; and spraying compliance in an interactive and engaging way.
The aim is to stress the everyday dangers and show farming families how safety can be improved down on the farm.
One special area of focus will be on the safe operation of machinery when handling bales with the emphasis on how to set up 'crush zones' during this task and prevent impact injuries.
Topics such as the right equipment and attachment, stacking and de-stacking of bales, transporting and loading bales, will form part of the demonstrations to inform farmers on how to control the hazard and minimise the risks.
Information on managing workload, stress and pressure will also be available as these link strongly to the cause of accidents.
"I believe many of these crush injuries and deaths are actually caused by excessive workload, pressure, stress, improvising and taking short cuts," says Pat Griffin, senior inspector with the HSA.
"These factors coupled with fatigue, can be a lethal combination. By managing workload the risks can be reduced."