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Two workers killed in separate farming accidents

Farmers and farm workers are being urged to prioritise safety after two people were killed in separate farm accidents this month. 

On June 7th, a worker was killed after falling from height whilst removing roof sheets from a cattle shed on a farm in Hampshire. Just one week later, a farmer in his 30’s died after falling into a slurry pit in Derbyshire

More than 50 people have died in farm accidents in the past 12 months

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The HSE say

In most other industries, deaths and injuries are decreasing but in farming numbers have remained steady over recent years. The reasons for this include more farmers having to work alone, using more powerful machinery and an ageing work force.

On average, three people a month do not make it home to their families. That’s three families who won’t be sharing any more time together with their loved one.

Investment into Farm Safety training  raises awareness of the hazards and risks in the agriculture industry. Training is also a legal requirement

Our team at Fleet Health & Safety have many years experience in agriculture and farming. In fact, it is our speciality.
We can provide Farm Safety Awareness Training bespoke to your farm and delivered onsite at your own premises

Fleet Health & Safety  have produced a Farm Safety Training DVD available to purchase on our website.

Filmed on real working farms across SW Scotland and produced in collaberation with #ifilmu video productions 

The DVD is suitable for farm owners, managers and employees alike.

It covers all the main hazards you would encounter on a working farm and includes real life events from people who have experienced an accident or ill health during farm operations

 Despatched on DVD or USB. Can also be sent electronically

You can find more info here

https://fleethealthandsafety.co.uk/…/farm-safety…/

Making your workplace Covid secure

As business return to work, there are four main areas  that should be considered

  1. Safe People  Discuss your arrangements for a safe return to work with your employees and communicate your Covid Policy with them. Keep in regular contact with those working from home. This could be via zoom or teams, a telephone call or a regular quiz that involves all staff. Encourage staff to discuss any concerns about mental health and well being. Try to offer varied tasks if possible and allow flexibility
  2. Safe Workplace   Make sure  you have a Covid risk assessment in place that covers returning to work. Consider who might be at risk and how. Add in control measures to eliminate or reduce the risk such as social distancing, hand sanitising, adding mechanical ventilation, regular cleaning, signage and PPE. 
  3. Safe Equipment   Mandatory inspections should still  be carried out and it is important to liase with external providers to discuss how they can safely do this. Some checks can be carried out in-house such as checking plugs and sockets and checking equipment for damage or defects
  4. Safe Systems   Your management system should include Policy, Organisation, Risk Management & Controls, Monitoring and Reporting

Do you need advice on occupational health and safety to manage the risks of Covid-19, including returning people to work safely? We are  here to help you  and just a phone call away.

If you sign up to our “Competent Person” service, you also have access to Covid advice, which can help you understand your employers’ legal obligations when returning employees back to the workplace. 

 

Call  01557 814866 or 07738 788272

Email info@fleethealthand safety.co.uk

Spring 2021 Newsletter

Our Spring Newsletter is now available to download here.

Spring 21 newsletter

 

The focus is on our new Farm Safety Training DVD which will be available late spring/early summer.

The DVD is suitable for farm owners, managers and employees alike. It covers all the main hazards you would encounter on a working farm and
includes real life stories from people who have experienced an accident or ill health whilst at work on a farm.

Autumn 2020 Newsletter

Our Autumn Newsletter is now available to download. 

This month, focus is on our brand new training website  www.thetrainingpig.co.uk 

It will run hand in hand with our existing website but will offer all of our training services which include:-

Health & Safety Training- Classroom, In-House or via online learning

Forklift & Telehandler Training

Driver CPC Training

Our Consultants are also qualified to act as your Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor

Go ahead and check out the new website and please get in touch if you are interested in any of our services

 

FHS Autumn Newsletter

Is your business Covid Secure?

Covid-19 Returning to work

 Last week, Boris Johnson announced that staff who couldn’t  work from home in (England only),      should speak to their employers about returning to work.

 But is your business ready & Covid secure?

 

 

 

Employers need to make sure their staff are protected as far as is “reasonably practicable” and they  must carry out a risk assessment for all activities/tasks to do this.

 Are you competent  to be able to  conduct a  risk assessment yourself?

 Will your risk assessment identify the control measures required to protect your workforce from Covid-19?

 Will your risk assessments identify the  need to use PPE or RPE in your  workplace?

 Do you have procedures in place to keep your workforce uptodate with your control measures ? 

 If you would like more information on how we can help you with any of the above, please give us a call on 07738 788272 

We can provide any of the following:-

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Template- General

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Template- Return to work

Home working Risk Assessment Template

Covid-19 Health & Safety Policy

 

  

 

Welfare facilities for drivers

Arrangements for driver welfare and hours of work during the coronavirus outbreak

Driver access to welfare facilities

All drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work.

We are hearing reports that some drivers are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when they deliver. Preventing access is against the law, equally it’s not the sensible thing to do.

Those who already provide reasonable access to toilets and handwashing facilities should continue to do so.

With the latest advice for hands to be washed regularly, failure to allow access to welfare facilities may increase the risk of the COVID-19 infection spreading.

Temporary and limited relaxation of drivers’ hours rules

The Department for Transport (DfT) have announced that there will be a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland, and Wales for the drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of:

  • food
  • non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning)
  • over the counter pharmaceuticals

We are clear that driver safety must not be compromised, and they should not be expected to drive whilst tired.  Employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees, other road users, and anyone involved in loading and unloading vehicles.
These arrangements may change during this time.

 

Covid-19 Risk Assessment for Volunteers

In a crisis such as the Coronavirus, it is vital that volunteers are not put at risk. 
We have therefore  put together a Risk Assessment  for both Organisations who are  controlling volunteers and volunteers themselves  to help them during the response to COVID-19.
 This can be downloaded HERE
COVID-19-Risk-Assessment-Volunteers
The template can be adapted to the needs of your organisation.
 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): IOSH information and links

IOSH is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to share the latest information and guidance on the coronavirus and how to stay healthy at work.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and chronic lung disease. 

Whilst the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public to moderate, the risk of catching COVID-19 depends on where you live or where you have travelled recently. The risk of catching it within the workplace is low.

However, employers have a role to play in preventing the spread of this disease by taking sensible action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as ensuring that workers have access to appropriate hygiene facilities such hot water, soap and bins to get rid of used tissues.

Workers are advised to maintain good hygiene standards around the workplaceby following the latest advice from the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) website which includes the following basic protective measures: 

  • Wash your hands frequently with alcohol-based hand wash or wash with soap and water
  • Maintain social distancing- maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet distance) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose
  • Practice respiratory hygiene
  • Stay informed and follow the advice given by health care providers

Personal precautions:

In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) has advised that most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places, and that self-isolation is only to be undertaken if the individual is advised to do so by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional. Read the full NHS advice here. 

Emergency planning advice:

IOSH advises that businesses follow good practice in emergency planning, preparedness and response. This can be achieved by adopting the following steps:

  • Develop a response plan for if someone in the workplace becomes ill with suspected COVID-19. This should include the immediate response e.g. isolate the individual and contact the local health authority and also how you plan to identify persons who may be at risk without stigma or discrimination
  • Explore ways of remote working (teleworking) that will allow workers to continue their work from home
  • Develop a business continuity plan for an outbreak, which covers:
  • How your organisation will continue to function if workers, contractors and suppliers cannot come to your place of business
  • Communicate to workers and contractors about the plan and their role in it
  • Ensure the plan addresses mental health and social consequences of a case of COVID-19 in the workplace

For further information on emergency planning read WHO document Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 or UK Government Guidance Preparing for emergencies.