Health and Safety Authority to start intensive farm inspection campaign (here's what they will be looking for)
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) will begin a month long intensive farm inspection campaign on Wednesday, November 1.
Approximately 500 inspections are planned with a focus on safe working at height.
After recent storms, and with the winter months ahead, there is concern that more deaths or serious injuries could occur, particularly when carrying out repairs on farm buildings. A particular danger is falling through fragile roofs or from ladders.
Of the 21 people killed due to farm accidents to date in 2017, three of them were as the result of falls from height or falling objects.
Throughout the month, inspectors from the HSA will be encouraging farmers to ensure they have the right equipment and knowledge to work at height safely.
- Find ways to replace roof fixings from underneath using work platforms
- Use a mobile elevated work platform that allows access without having to stand on the roof itself
- Ladders must be tied or footed, to avoid slipping, and should only be used for a short duration
- Important that bales are properly stacked to avoid them falling and causing crush injuries
Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector with the HSA says that work on or near roofs can be adapted to make it safer.
“Most agricultural roofs are made from fragile materials such as galvanised sheeting or Perspex and working on these is extremely risky and should be avoided if possible.