The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has urged farmers in Northern Eire to arrange for car inspections that will probably be going down from this month.

These inspections are a part of the farming transport inspection scheme, which was introduced on July 31, and will probably be carried out by the Well being and Security Government for Northern Eire (HSENI).

The HSENI mentioned the programme has been launched in an effort to cut back the variety of deadly incidents on farms involving automobiles, which over the past 10 years has claimed the lives of 17 individuals.

The eight-month lengthy programme will proceed till March 2024.

Forward of the inspections, the UFU has urged members to make sure their farm automobiles are adequately maintained and that they maintain the proper licenses/coaching certificates for automobiles in use, because the HSENI will probably be reviewing these.

UFU deputy president William Irvine mentioned: “Sure automobiles require particular coaching equivalent to telescopic handlers and all-terrain automobiles.

“Any particular person working such automobiles on the farm whether or not in a discipline, yard or street throughout a piece exercise, should be adequately educated to take action. It is a authorized requirement underneath the Provision and Use of Work Tools Rules (NI) 1999.

“Inspectors will present info and recommendation throughout their inspections, which is able to embrace directions to finish coaching programs if the motive force doesn’t maintain the related certificates to function a chunk of equipment.”

Irvine mentioned the HSENI inspection scheme is targeted on workplace-based transport in three particular areas together with “protected website, protected car and protected driver”.

“Incidents involving automobiles and tools stay a excessive reason behind harm and demise on farms,” he mentioned.

“Engaged on a farm creates danger each day not just for farmers however farm staff, contractors and different guests on website.

“We anticipate that there will probably be excessive demand for all-terrain and telehandler coaching and subsequently it is necessary that members guide prematurely. UFU members can contact their technical officer by calling UFU headquarters for recommendation on tips on how to entry coaching.’’