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The Farmer

The Farmer & His / Her Responsibilities

Construction Work On Farms

Where construction work is being considered on a farm, the farmer must ensure that the work is designed to be suitable for the intended purpose, is built in a safe manner and can be used and maintained in a safe manner after being built.

For projects that are scheduled to last more than 30 days, involve more than one contractor or involve a particular risk, it is a legal duty of the farmer (the client – the person for whom the project is being carried out) under health and safety legislation to appoint, in writing, before design work commences, a competent Project Supervisor for the Design Process (PSDP) and, before any construction work begins, a competent Project Supervisor for the Construction Stage (PSCS).

During the Design Stage: The farmer/client in conjunction with the designer and slat supplier / steel fabricator etc, should consider all risks involved in the construction. During the Construction Stage: The PSCS/Contractor must ensure that existing agricultural slats are not exposed to excessive loads. Steel is erected safely, nets are used, machinery is tested and in compliance, workers are trained and working at height policy is strictly enforced.



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The Role of the Client in a Construction Project

The role of the client in a Construction project is outlined in this video. This is the first in a five part series of short videos designed to outline the main roles, functions and duties arising from the 2013 Construction Regulations.

Related Files:

Guidance on “Slat Inspection – An Essential Procedure” Department of Agriculture Food & Marine

View/Download Booklet Here

Guide to the Duty of the Client – Construction Regulations 2013 (SI. 291)

View/Download Guide Here

Farm Risk Assessment Document

View/Download Document Here

Build in Safety Advice for Farmers Booklet

View/Download Booklet Here

S101 Minimum Specifications For The Structure Of Agricultural Buildings

View/Download Document Here

S102 Minimum Standards For Roof Cladding & Side Cladding

View/Download Booklet Here

Link to recent court case when a Farmer was found guilty and not in compliance

View Article Here

Please Note:

All of our Members that undertake Fabrication of Farm Buildings have been Audited to EN 1090 CE Marking of Structural Steel, they have in place Insurance and a Health & Safety Policy. It is your responsibility as the Farmer / Client / End User to make sure that the Company you employ and the material you use are in compliance with the current regulations. All farm buildings under construction require netting and edge protection, when contractors are working from teleporter baskets, cherry pickers, scissor lifts etc they need to have harnesses fitted and secured. Please ask for a Method Statement and Risk Assessments before work begins.

If you have any queries on the suitability of the contractor please give us a call in confidence:
057 86 70629 or mobile: 087-942 6081

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