Es­sen­tial to erect farm build­ings safely

Irish Examiner - Farming - - GENERAL FARMING -

Tea­gasc has worked with FBD In­surance and the Health and Safety Au­thor­ity to pro­duce a prac­ti­cal guid­ance book­let on safe farm build­ing prac­tices.

This ad­vi­sory book­let for farm­ers can be down­loaded from the pub­li­ca­tions sec­tion the www.tea­gasc.ie web­site. Ciaran Roche, FBD Risk Man­ager, said, “Con­struc­tion work is po­ten­tially very danger­ous, es­pe­cially work at height and, be­cause of this, it is es­sen­tial that farm­ers and con­trac­tors con­struct build­ings in a safe man­ner. “The guide­lines high­light the ma­jor con­struc­tion haz­ards, and the prac­ti­cal pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures that need to be taken to pre­vent se­ri­ous or fa­tal ac­ci­dents.

“The guide­lines also out­line risk as­sess­ments and safe meth­ods of work for ex­caof va­tions, steel erec­tion, roof cladding and demolition, and sum­marise the main health and safety le­gal re­quire­ments of farm­ers, de­sign­ers, project su­per­vi­sors and con­trac­tors. “It is hoped all farm­ers and con­trac­tors will re­fer to th­ese guide­lines.”

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