The availability of the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) and the expansion of the national dairy herd in recent years has led to an increase in construction work on farms across the country.
The grant aid and expansion has paved the way for new sheds, extensions and milking parlours in existing farmyards and on greenfield sites.
With this in mind, FBD Insurance, Teagasc and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have produced a on safe farm building practices.
In this article, we will examine just some of the measures or practices that farmers should put in place to prevent an accident.
Firstly, many children have been killed by moving construction vehicles, falls from heights and in excavations on farms; it is essential that children are kept away from the construction site. Therefore, secure fencing and appropriate warning signs must be placed around the site.