WATCH: Avoid crush zones on your farm


“Farmers, it is very important that you and others are aware of and stay out of, crush zones when using farm machinery” a statement from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) stresses.

Advice from the HSA:

  • When exiting machinery, make sure the handbrake is fully applied;

  • Be aware of the dangers of unattended machinery and use the safe stop procedure;

  • When leaving the cab to attach equipment or opening gates, be aware of, and stay out of, crush zones;

  • Make sure all farm personnel are clearly visible at all times when reversing any machinery;

  • When handling bales, be aware of the dangers of stacked bales collapsing or bales falling from a height;

  • Never walk under a raised loader or any raised load, even when empty.

More Information

For guidance on the safe use of tractors and machinery on farms, see here.

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