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November 9, 2009

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Guidance- Tractor safety

The HSE has updated its guidance on tractor safety following a number of recent deaths involving the vehicles.

Tractor action: A step-by-step guide to using tractors safely outlines some essential guidelines to working with tractors in a safe way.

Tony Mitchell, of the HSE’s agriculture and food sector, said: “These latest deaths highlight just how dangerous the farming industry can be. But this revised guide to tractor safety is easy to follow and could just save your life. The guide outlines nine steps to using tractors safely and encourages farmers to stop and think.”

On average, ten people die in tractor accidents each year, and many more suffer serious injuries. The updated leaflet forms part of the HSE’s ‘Come home safe’ campaign, which highlights the risks involved in farming.

The updated guidance can be downloaded from:

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