Farm Safety Month... Covering all your bases
A safety inspection should be the first step in your farm insurance strategy
Most people take out insurance on their farms to protect against claims for personal injuries. Even minor injuries can result in claims of several thousand euro along with legal and medical costs also running into thousands.
The best way to protect against personal injury claims is to adhere to health and safety best practice. By doing this you will not only reduce the risk of injury occurring and the extent of any such injury, but also reduce your exposure to liability.
People who have grown up on and work on farms will be more than familiar with the danger and risk farming presents.
It is a different story with visitors, so don't take a chance and assume that everybody who comes onto your farm is aware of the dangers.
It is strongly recommended that all farmers consult with their agricultural advisors regularly on farm safety. There is a lot of free information and help available so ask around and get as much of it as you can.
Often safety signage will be free at certain times of the year so you have no excuse.
For farmers that are Bord Bia approved their inspectors will look for your farm safety statement.
Don't see this as a chore, use this as an opportunity to examine all areas of your farm for risk and danger.