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Farmyards and Buildings

Falls from a height are a major cause of accidents involving farm buildings. Of particular concern is falling through fragile roofs and from ladders.

Farm Entrance

Safety measures around the farmyard include:

  • farmyards should be kept clean and tidy
  • surfaces should be non-slip
  • areas for parking vehicles should be level
  • provide properly hung gates throughout the farm
  • avoid sheeted gates where possible as they can be blown by the wind

Safe use of ladders

  • always secure a ladder
  • a ladder needs to be footed or tied off while it is being used
  • place the ladder on firm, level and secure ground
  • a ladder should be placed at an angle of 75 degrees
  • never carry heavy loads while climbing a ladder
  • extend a ladder one meter above where work is being carried out
  • ladders must be in good condition

Roof work

  • on a fragile roof, use proper roofing ladders or crawling boards
  • erect a suitable barrier to prevent falls when carrying out extensive work on roofs

Stacks of bales

  • always remove bales from the top
  • care is needed when removing bales from stacks as many people, when trying to remove bales, fall from the stacks or edges

Further Information

Health and Safety Authority Agriculture Code of Practice

Teagasc Farmyard and Buildings Safety Page

Dept. of Agriculture Farm Building (AES) Specifications