HSE inspections

Discussion in 'Agricultural Matters' started by neilo, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. neilo

    neilo Member

    Location:
    Montgomeryshire
    Last Autumn, our friends at the HSE bombarded everyone in this area with invitations to go to one of their ‘roadshow’ events, ahead of a round of farm inspections.

    Unsurprisingly, I had better things to do with my time than sit in a warm room falling asleep in front of a projector screen:rolleyes:, so I didn’t attend one.

    Roll on a few months and those farm inspections have reached the area, and i’ve Received notice of a visit next week (along with several neighbours). Has anyone had one of these visits recently (I’ve not had to be pleasant to a HSE inspector for many years)? What are they looking for, as presumably they have favourite topics just now?

    Not overly concerned about his visit as I don’t employ anyone and more of a safety wuss than I ever used to be, just a bit of a bother having to spend the best part of a week hiding stuff.:sneaky::whistle:
     
  2. Martyn

    Martyn Member

    Location:
    South west
    They love telehandlers! If you have one do you have a ticket, is it maintained and annual test/service. Quad bikes have you got helmet and training, and chainsaws a big one for PPE.
     
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  3. Warp Land Farmer

    Location:
    Hazzard County
    $5 if your stripping an asbestos roof from a ladder when they turn up (pictures required) with tracked digger ready to run the old sheets into a nice new farm track.
     
  4. v8willy

    v8willy Member

    PTO shafts, slurry handling, livestock & working at height/on rooves I'd say.
     
  5. neilo

    neilo Member

    Location:
    Montgomeryshire
    Thanks.
    I was having the quad bike discussion with a neighbour, who was wondering where he could get a helmet for the day. Am I right in thinking that they certainly aren’t compulsory, just ‘advised’?

    Do I have to hide the telehandler too? It’s maintained and serviced (by me) and I have 30 odd years experience driving one, but no ticket. I always thought that was ‘advisory’ too, unless employing folk?
     
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  6. Warp Land Farmer

    Location:
    Hazzard County
    Or before you let them set foot across your property threshold ask to see their specific risk assessments and method statements for their inspection of your property and insist on sight of their insurance to do so... oh hang on it’s HSE and they can do as they please....
     
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  7. neilo

    neilo Member

    Location:
    Montgomeryshire
    Make it a tenner.....:sneaky::D
     
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  8. Martyn

    Martyn Member

    Location:
    South west
    We had inspection 3 years and just happen to hire a quad in for calving time, they wouldn't allow us near the thing until we could present a safety helmet that was quad verified and possible under a certain age. I did my ticket years ago.

    Ticket for handler by at least one person on site, we were told it superseded grandfather rights, I did a lantra one, years ago, lantra told me it was only valid for 5years but HSE happy with it as am in constant use of the machine since training but would advise refresh. Do you use your machine to unload lorry deliveries? If you dropped a item and it caused injury to third party would be hell up.
     
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  9. v8willy

    v8willy Member

    Had a neighbour borrow my quad helmet for an inspection.:whistle:
    May be wrong but my take on it is they aren't law on the road, you see the lads on trikes without a skid lid, but should legally? have one on you while on farm.
    Should really have one on all the time....
     
  10. neilo

    neilo Member

    Location:
    Montgomeryshire
    In all honesty, I have only once in my life seen anyone wearing a helmet on a quad. That was a shepherd friend that had lost his licence for drink driving and took to wearing a full face helmet for 18 months to avoid identification.:rolleyes:
    If it was law, plod would be having a field day.
     
  11. willie waver

    willie waver Member

    Location:
    walking in the ayr
    just remember to nod your head whatever they say, and chew on a bit of straw while you're at it
     
  12. We had an inspection some years ago , he asked if I had a quad bike , I told him I didn’t - after all a Honda trike doesn’t count .
     
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  13. kiwi pom

    kiwi pom Member

    Location:
    canterbury NZ
    Don't go down that road its up to you to provide an induction for them to take. If you're smart with them, they will respond the same way.

    @neilo All the obvious "common sense" stuff really, helmets are compulsory here don't know about there though.
    If you're a one man band they might want to know how you keep yourself safe, does anyone know where you are, do you keep your mobile with you- if you have a signal- etc.
    I've always found actual HSE people to be fairly sensible (I'm sure there are exceptions) and any courses run by them to be interesting. Its company H&S reps or "consultants" that go over board with things.
    It'll be interesting to see how you find it.
    Good luck(y)
     
  14. neilo

    neilo Member

    Location:
    Montgomeryshire
    I was hoping the advice on using a quad bike helmet would be my bit of training that I could nod about, and thank him profusely for his wise words......
     
  15. Scholsey

    Scholsey Member

    Location:
    Herefordshire
    Take all the machinery/tools you own out On to your furthest away field. Sorted.
     
  16. yellowbelly

    yellowbelly Member

    Location:
    N.Lincs
    I'm expecting this is likely to be happening next week then....
    [​IMG] Apparently they give you one phone call. Give me a ring and I'll see of we can raise enough on TFF to get Walterp to bail you out :depressed::depressed:

    :p:p
     
  17. kiwi pom

    kiwi pom Member

    Location:
    canterbury NZ
    There's been some eye watering fines here for not wearing helmets on farm/quad bikes. Dig a little deeper into them and you find people have been caught and warned on numerous occasions but decided to stick two fingers up to them.
    Only one winner then.:rolleyes:
     
  18. farmerm

    farmerm Member

    Location:
    Shropshire
    Like most folk they just have a job to do to pay the mortgage. Not, smile and promise to do better.. get arsey with them and they will nail you
     
  19. TomD

    TomD Member

    When they turn up make them wear high vis,safety Goggles and a hard hat around the farm
     
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  20. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    A bloody ticket to drive the loadall?!
    Been driving one since I was 13!
    Oooops I better not mention that
     

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