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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Farmers urged to give ‘clear and detailed’ instructions ‘in writing’ to contractors

The NAAC and NFU in the UK have joined forces to produce a checklist for both farmers and agricultural contractor firms.

The aim is to allow both parties to “work together to ensure that work is carried out safely and efficiently”.

According to a joint statement, farmers can use this checklist when implementing and communicating the actions and responsibilities of each job to the contractor.

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A spokesperson for the NAAC said:

“It is vital that contractors and farmers have a close relationship, not only to make the partnership a financial and productive success but also to keep everyone safe; the new checklist offers a useful tool to support this.”

Below, you will find the guidelines that the bodies have issued to farmers. In a separate article, we will look at guidelines for agricultural contractors.

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It reads as follows:

The farmer must provide the contractor with: Clear and detailed instructions on the operation(s) to be carried out by the contractor (ideally using maps and in writing).

This should include:

  1. Access points and one-way systems
  2. Location of hazards on a map e.g., overhead power lines, underground services/ hazards, areas out of bounds, members of the public/public footpaths, shared access routes, boundaries, steep slopes/ manhole covers, bridge strengths if applicable, livestock hazards
  3. Location of drains and watercourses
  4. Secure areas where children may be playing or where there is a risk children may stray
  5. Environmental designations, wildlife, or constraints
  6. Specific instructions relating to farm assurance/ government schemes
  7. Location of first aid facilities
  8. Location of firefighting equipment
  9. Information about the location of other workers, contractors, and visitors on site
  10. Details of welfare facilities if provided (or the contractor is providing their own)
  11. Contact details and procedures in an emergency.

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