Herefordshire farmers urged to consider a "hazard a day"

FARMERS in Herefordshire are being asked to consider a "hazard a day" as part of Farm Safety Week.

The Yellow Wellies campaign is asking farmers to take five minutes each day, from June 30 to July 4, to address a specific hazard and minimise risk.

The advice, supported by the Farm Safety Partnership and NFU, will be available online in full at yellowwellies.org and updated daily.

It not only reminds farmers that they need to protect themselves but also their workforce and family members too.

The site will also publish interviews with inspirational farm safety ambassadors such as Vicky Whipps, who lost her husband in a slurry accident three years ago and Mark Mather who had his leg amputated after a shotgun accident in 2008.

NFU Mutual chairman and farm safety foundation trustee, Richard Percy, who manages an arable and livestock farm, said: “As farmers, we all know that we live and work in a potentially dangerous environment and that we might take risks when we are under pressure to get jobs done – particularly when the weather turns against us.

“We believe that over 100 years’ experience of dealing with farm accident claims has equipped us with the knowledge that if correctly delivered, can help reduce the accident toll on our farms.

“This is why set up the Farm Safety Foundation – to deliver practical advice through such initiatives as the Yellow Wellies campaign – so safety is always front of mind.”

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1:09pm Mon 30 Jun 14

farmideas says...

Let's hope farmers take this up in Farm Safety Week. The Safe Stop programme from the Farm Safety Partnership is an important routine. Don't get out of the driving seat without:
1 Using handbrake
2 Disengaging transmission (gear in neutral)
3 Cutting engine
4 Removing keys
Stopping the engine does not accelerate wear in turbos, which many claim. Only if the turbo is red hot do you need to wait a minute for it to cool. Starter motors don't wear from a few extra starts.
Every year tractor drivers are killed by their own machines that start moving. And every year farmers and workers get killed and injured by implements. The Safe Stop sticker comes from your dealer. Ask for one and take the advice!
Let's hope farmers take this up in Farm Safety Week. The Safe Stop programme from the Farm Safety Partnership is an important routine. Don't get out of the driving seat without: 1 Using handbrake 2 Disengaging transmission (gear in neutral) 3 Cutting engine 4 Removing keys Stopping the engine does not accelerate wear in turbos, which many claim. Only if the turbo is red hot do you need to wait a minute for it to cool. Starter motors don't wear from a few extra starts. Every year tractor drivers are killed by their own machines that start moving. And every year farmers and workers get killed and injured by implements. The Safe Stop sticker comes from your dealer. Ask for one and take the advice! farmideas
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