Safe workplace transport

Because of the wide variety of activities involving transport in agriculture, it is easier to identify problems and take action if you break your transport activities into areas:

Safe stop

Safe stop logo

  • Engage handbrake
  • Controls in neutral
  • Switch off engine (or turn off power)
  • Remove key (or lock-off the power supply)

Safe stop steps

Follow Safe Stop:

The images above have been developed by the Farms Safety Partnership. For more details of the Partnership's Safe Stop campaign visit their website.

Safe vehicle

Check that vehicles, machines and handling equipment are:

Check that your vehicles, or any machines with workers riding or working on them, are fitted with roll-over protective structures (ROPS) and seatbelts if there is a risk of overturning.

Check that:

Safe driver

Check that drivers:

Never allow passengers to ride on or in vehicle cabs unless they are sitting on a passenger seat in a safe position and cannot impede the driver, accidentally contact the machine controls, or obscure the driver's vision. No-one should mount or dismount a moving vehicle.

Safe site

Check that:

Never approach or walk behind or beside a reversing vehicle.  If you must approach, attract the driver's attention first when it is safe to do so and get them to stop especially if you need to speak to the driver or mount the machine.