Macra and FCI team up on safety
In 2015, 37pc of farming deaths in Ireland were caused by tractor and machinery related accidents. In an effort to combat this horrific statistic, Macra na Feirme and the Farm Contractors Association of Ireland (FCI) have teamed up to provide some training specifically related to machinery activities surrounding agricultural contracting works.
The safe tractor driving course will take place over a full day, with the necessary machinery supplied by the contractor. While the course is specifically aimed at younger, less experienced drivers, it is open to all ages.
The course is 50pc funded by the Department of Education, costing Macra members €45 and non-members €55. The day-long course will focus on a number of key safety areas with a particular emphasis on activities related to agricultural contracting.
Participants will gain an understanding of;
Current legislation governing tractors and implements on and off the road
The importance of tractor balance and speed with trailers and implements
The safe stop procedure
Setting clear roles for tractor, loader and associated machinery operators during silage works and