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Tip of the Week: Fertiliser Storage

Firstly, you must ensure that you store all fertilisers safely.

Special requirements apply for the storage of ammonium nitrate (AN) fertiliser. As an oxidising agent, it can help other materials to burn and in certain circumstances it can explode and give off toxic fumes.

  • Storage buildings should be constructed of non-combustible material and should not contain other combustible materials.
  • Where this is not reasonably practicable, store AN fertilisers as far away as possible from combustible materials and never within 2m of them.
  • If you are storing  over 25 tonnes of dangerous substances or 150 tonnes or more of AN (where the nitrogen content exceeds 15.75% by weight), you must notify your local Fire & Rescue Service.

Further details of notification requirements can be found here.

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Tip of the Week: Working on or passing near to fragile roofing material

You will need to provide protection when anyone passes by or works nearer than 2 m to fragile materials, eg during access along valley gutters in a fragile roof, when an otherwise non-fragile roof contains fragile roof lights, or during access to working areas on a fragile roof.

You should:

  • wherever possible, make sure that all fragile materials (eg 2 m or closer to the people at risk) are securely covered; or
  • provide full edge protection (top rail, intermediate guard rail or equivalent and toe board) around or along the fragile material to prevent access to it. Make sure you take precautions when installing such protection, eg use appropriate netting.

If it is not reasonably practicable to provide such protection:

  • use safety nets or harnesses but make sure workers are trained and competent in their installation and use. If the building structure is unsuited to netting or harnesses (eg too low), a well-built and suitably sized bale stack close to the underside of the fragile roof being worked on will reduce the risk of injury if someone does fall through the roof.
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Tip of the Week: Staying Safe When Using an ATV

The first thing to remember when operating an ATV is that anyone riding one should ALWAYS wear a helmet. Many ATV fatalities have been caused by head injuries but wearing a helmet could have prevented most of these.

Another key point to remember is that the long seat on an ATV allows operators to shift their body weight backwards and forwards for different slope conditions. It is not for carrying passengers.

Further tips for staying safe when using an ATV include:

  • Carrying out safety checks and maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, e.g. regularly check tyre pressures, brakes and throttle
  • Securing loads on racks and making sure they are not over loaded and evenly balanced
  • Always reading and following the owner’s manual
  • Sticking to planned routes, where possible, and walking new routes if necessary to check for hidden obstructions, hollows or other hazards
  • Taking extra care with trailed or mounted equipment and understand how they affect stability
  • Making sure all those who will be operating the ATV receive adequate training
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Tip of the Week: How To Stay Safe When Using a Telehandler

Below are a few tips to ensure that you stay safe when using a telehandler:

  • Make sure you travel with the boom lowered to ensure the centre of gravity of the machine and the load is as low as possible to maximise stability
  • Carefully choose your routes to avoid Overhead Power Lines, very steep slopes or gradients and slippery or loose surfaces
  • Adopt the correct driving direction and travelling position for negotiating a slope or gradient, e.g. when a load is carried the load should face uphill. When no load is carried the fork arms should face downhill
  • Avoid turning on or traversing a slope or gradient and always descend straight down the gentlest gradient of a slope, instead of driving diagonally across it
  • Avoid stacking/de-stacking a load on a slope or gradient where you can
  • Use suitable scotches or supports if any work has to be carried out under a raised boom.
Staying Safe When Using a Telehandler

It’s important to stay safe when using a telehandler

 You can find further information here on stayign safe whilst using a telehandler here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/agriculture/topics/machinery/farm-vehicles-4.htm

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Tip of the Week: Why You Should Never Use a Telehandler for Fencing Work

It is highly dangerous to use a telehandler for fencing work and using one is never acceptable. The person that is responsible for holding the post or even people just standing nearby are at serious risk of injury.

The risks involved include:

  • being struck or run over by the telehandler.
  • being struck by the boom, or the attachment mounted on it if either the machine, boom or attachment move unexpectedly,
  • being crushed or trapped by the attachment, if it becomes detached from the machine.

The action of pushing down on the fence post will tend to lift the attachment out of the mechanism securing it to the boom. Anyone in the vicinity is at risk of being struck or crushed by the attachment, should this occur.

You should never use a telehander boom, or an attachment such as a grain bucket mounted on the boom, as a tool for driving in fence posts. You should instead always use equipment suitable for the job e.g. a tractor mounted post-driver.