Farm Ireland

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Macra and FCI team up on safety

Jamie Casey

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

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Each training session has a maximum number of 15 participants, with the machinery and location being supplied by a contractor.

The training will be delivered by Farm Relief Services on the day, and all participants who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance from FRS Training Limited. To book your spot, contact 086-0822038 or email

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