There was plenty to learn for members of Wales Young Farmers Club at Massey Ferguson’s Machinery Maintenance and Safety Workshop hosted by MF dealer Brodyr Evans.
Are the tractor’s lights working properly? What about the condition of tyres and wheel fixings? Are the mirrors clean and correctly positioned? Have you checked oil, fuel and water levels?
These were just a few of the questions posed to the group of 15 young farmers who attended the evening workshop on 5 September at Brodyr Evans’ Crosshands depot. The event was one of a series similar workshops being held in England and Wales this year.
Keeping safe on the farm is a top priority given that agriculture is one of the UK’s highest risk industries for work-related accidents. With support from The Farm Safety Foundation and AGCO Parts, the MF workshops feature both theory and practice. Topics covered include why farm safety matters, the importance of an annual tractor safety check and guidance on how to carry out daily checks on machinery. Participants also learn how to get the most from a tractor and operate it in a safe manner.
“The importance of safety cannot be over emphasised,” says Michael Butland, Massey Ferguson Technical Service Specialist, who led the workshop. “With these events, we are underlining the need for safety awareness and good practice with agricultural machinery among the next generation. It is vital that it is embedded in everyday life on the farm.”