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Warning to maintain cattle handling equipment

May 1, 2019 by  
Filed under Machinery

Farmers are being advised to pay closer attention to cattle handling equipment after the Health and Safety Executive raised concern over a spate of recent accidents involving livestock.

HSE inspectors will be visiting farms to remind farmers of their duty to protect themselves, their workers and members of the public from the risks of cattle. Inspectors say they will not hesitate to use enforcement to bring about improvements.

During the inspections, HSE staff will remind farmers and farm workers that they must use proper handling facilities when working with livestock. A race and crush must be suitable for the animals being handled – and kept in good working order.

Inspections programme

The focus on livestock is part of a programme of inspections throughout 2019 to ensure farmers are complying with workplace safety regulations to prevent death, injury and ill-health. Previous inspections have focused on farm machinery and transport.

HSE head of agriculture Andrew Turner said: “Last year, 33 people were killed in agriculture across Britain and those working in the industry need to realise that death, injuries and cases of ill-health are not an inevitable part of farming and can be prevented.”

Mr Turner added: “We must not become complacent and accept this as the norm. Farmers should plan their work, know the risks and use the right controls to ensure that everyone can go home healthy from their work.”

The HSE has a range of resources and guides available to help those working on the farm manage the risks appropriately. More information on what topics the inspectors will be looking at when they visit farms can be found on the HSE website at www.hse.gov.uk.

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