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The benefits of a farm safety audit

Carl Gryniewicz, managing director at Emprocom, leading Lincolnshire-based health and safety firm, explains that many injuries related to farm machinery can be avoided with sound procedures in place, and some farm workers may not be aware of the forces involved.

14 September 2021

Provisional HSE figures from 1 April 2020 until 31 March 2021 show 41 people were killed in agriculture related activities, almost double the number of deaths in the previous year, which was 23.

Carl Gryniewicz, managing director at Emprocom, explains that many injuries related to farm machinery can be avoided with sound procedures in place, and some farm workers may not be aware of the forces involved.

“The power of agricultural machines can be overlooked if you’re working with them day in, day out,” says Carl. “Leaking hydraulic oil from a burst hose can be projected at 3000 psi and will penetrate the skin as easily as it would if delivered through a hypodermic syringes, and a Power Take Off (PTO) drive shaft will wrap clothes, hair or arms at a rate of about 1.5 metres per second.”

“Farm machinery is just one area in a long list, that can cause fatal injuries and common hazards include tractors without roll-over protection structures (ROPS), PTO shafts, chainsaws, augers and machinery with unguarded moving parts.

“From experience the main risks we see are being hit or crushed by farm machinery, collision with buildings and other vehicles, overhead powerlines, power take off systems (entanglement), overturning farm machinery and not following farm rules when carrying out tipping operations,” says Carl.

For farms looking for realistic systems which are easy to use and fit in with the working day, Emprocom provides services in the following areas:

• Safety audits
• Safety inspections
• Machinery and equipment safety reviews
• Safe systems of work
• Risk assessmemts
• Safety training courses
• Production of easy to use documentation
• Briefings to the workforce
COSHH assessments
• Problem solving for operational issues
• Accident investigation
• Telephone health and safety advice

Contact us today to find out more.

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