the safety of groundcare machinery - practical guidance
on how to comply with PUWER 98
The integral safety of machinery and its safety
in use are of paramount importance. Agricultural
motor vehicles, agricultural trailers and agricultural
trailed appliances, because of their unique construction
are covered by the Health & Safety at Work
Act (HASAWA), are also exempt from the normal
MOT or plating and testing requirement applied
to many other types of road vehicles.
this does not mean that the integrity of such
equipment is any less regulated or important than
for those vehicles covered by an annual test.
Agricultural motor vehicles, Groundcare machinery,
trailers and trailed
appliances are covered under the PUWER (Provision
and Use of Work Equipment Regulations).
is a national Code of Practice to assist
operators who use such equipment to comply with
the legislation in a practical manner using a
common set of forms.
guidance has been drawn up through a cross-industry
partners in this initiative are:
Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association
& Safety Executive
Association of Agricultural Contractors
England and Wales
The Vehicle Inspectorate
Association of Chief Police Officers
Employers must ensure that all people who use,
supervise or manage the use of equipment have
received adequate training for purposes of health
and safety. It should include training in the:
methods which should be adopted when using the
which may be encountered, and
that need to be taken.
and supervision is particularly important for
all young people because of their relative immaturity
and unfamiliarity with the working environment.
Employers must also ensure that casual workers
receive appropriate training and instruction.
Induction training is particularly important.
It is imperative that to comply with the legislation
daily checks are carried out. There is a cab stickerdesigned
to do just that. It allows you to plan the service
schedule for the equipment and ensures that the
operator is reminded to undertake the key daily
checks. It is available from R T Machinery.
Before you start work in the morning walk round
the machine / vehicle and check the following:
Check oil / fuel / water levels and leaks
Check tyre condition and wheel fixings
all the safety guards are fitted and working
the steering wheel is working correctly
the brakes and hand brakes
the flashing beacon and warning devices
all lights / reflectors / indicators are working
that the mirrors both internal and external
are in position and are clean
that all implements are attached correctly
that all external services are fitted correctly
the drivers seat is comfortable and in the correct
that you can see clearly in all directions
T Machinery Ltd is proud and very pleased to announce
that we are now qualified to provide Operator
Training to users of groundcare machinery.
National Groundcare Machinery Operator Training
and Assessment Scheme is designed to train and
assess operators of Groundcare Machinery in the
areas of Amenity Horticulture, Artificial Surfaces,
Golf Courses and Sports Turf.
these days of increasing Employers' Liability
insurance costs and the requirements of the HSE
as it strives to get rid of workplace injuries
the relevance of this scheme is clear.
scheme was developed in Consultation with the Health
& Safety Executive.
Lantra Awards qualified instructors we can provide
your operatives with training that leads to a
the Groundcare range our product skills