It is well known that transport related accidents are one of the biggest causes of fatal accidents across all sectors. Previous initiatives in have shown members of the agricultural community do not ensure that tractors, trailers and other mobile equipment are properly maintained and/or safe to use on/off the road.
During the course of a joint exercise over 50% of vehicles/trailers/trailed appliances/other mobile work equipment were found to be defective. The Vehicle And Operator Services Agency (VOSA) took enforcement action in the form of PG9’s (Prohibition Notice). HSE also took enforcement action using Prohibition Notices. VOSA took enforcement action on defective brakes, tyres, mini bus seatbelt worn anchor points and poor trailer connection to towing vehicle while HSE took enforcement action on matters of evident concern e.g. unguarded power take-off (PTO) shafts.
Where necessary robust enforcement action taken by the relevant enforcing authority. The single visit arrangement enabled the multi-agency approach to work effectively and was therefore a reduction in the burden on business in the context of inspections by enforcing authorities. A radio interview was undertaken by a HSE Inspector during the campaign to help raise the awareness of farmers to the standards expected. An article in an industry related magazine with a readership of 50,000 covering the initiative (and one undertaken in a neighbouring county).