Farm Safe Essentials

Farm Safe Essentials

Farm Safe Essentials

As part of the 2020-2023 Farm Safety Action Plan, the Farm Safety Partnership will concentrate on specific 'Farm Safe Essentials', aimed to reduce the number of serious and fatal incidents relating to frequently recurring causes.

These key actions which every farmer should employ to protect themselves and others from the situations which have tragically led to death and serious injury, will be highlighted on this page during the course of this plan.

We encourage those working on farms to take these simple precautions in order to prevent injury and death and to embed that behaviour in future working practices:


Essentials - Safe Breaks

  1. Brakes and handbrakes MUST be in good working order. Follow the service schedule or advice from an agricultural engineer
  2. Check your foot brake and hand / parking brake daily
  3. When stopping vehicles ALWAYS apply the hand / parking brake and use the safe stop procedure
  4. Machinery SHOULD be fitted with brakes designed for the load and speed at which they will be used
  5. Trailer brakes MUST be maintained, and where possible be linked to the tractor braking system to operate automatically when the tractor brakes are applied
  6. NEVER use un-braked trailers on sloped ground
  7. Where independent braking is not required ensure the brake pedal latch is in place and the brakes are not pulling to one side. Brakes must always be linked on the public road

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