FCI CEO, Michael Moroney, has written to all contractors this week to outline the implications of the implementation of level 3 restrictions across the country.
He advised that contractors can expect to notice more Gardaí on roads as they go about their daily work activities as farm & forestry contractors.
He requested that all contractors treat the Gardaí with courtesy and to ensure that all machines are operated in a roadworthy condition, especially as days are getting shorter and the pressure to complete slurry spreading intensifies in the coming week ahead of the closed period.
Operate across county boundaries
He advised members to check lights and brakes on a regular basis to ensure that they are roadworthy and that all machines display an up-to-date road tax disc.
He reminded contractors that they are accepted as essential workers under government guidelines. “It is good that contracting businesses in the sector can continue to operate, even across county boundaries.”
He said that all paid-up FCI members have now received FCI produced cab stickers to highlight the machine hygiene priorities and more are available if required by emailing – [email protected] – with their number request.
FCI can also provide an FCI essential worker member letter on FCI-headed paper to paid-up members at no additional cost by email at [email protected] as well as the Covid-19 back to work questionnaire and the hazard Covid-19 – FCI, forms both of which have been provided by FCI’s farm safety statement partners, Emerald Health & Safety.
Adhere to public health guidelines
He advised that within the level 3 restrictions, all contractors and their drivers must continue to adhere to the public health guidelines, wear masks in shops, etc, wash hands regularly, maintain a 2m social distance, keep good hygiene within machines and also not going into customer’s houses at any time.
“The level 3 restrictions also mean that contractors must remain within our respective counties other than for work reasons, mainly for reasons of public health in a new national attempt to control the further spread of COVID-19 within Ireland.” the letter concluded.