NFU Scotland and partners held a Rural Crime Prevention and Fire Safety Event at the SRUC Barony College Campus and some of our team attended the informative event.
Sep 11, 2019
A large proportion of our business involves working on both agricultural premises and rural areas; therefore, we want to be aware of the latest resources available and the environment around us.
The event provided the opportunity for us to learn about the key security factors to consider as well as safety information to follow.
Alongside farmers, students and agricultural businesses in the area, we worked our way through 4 workshops.
This was organised by SP Energy Network who demonstrated how to identify the electricity supply equipment within and around farms, how to avoid contact with electricity cables and what to do in the event of failure or accident.
Police Scotland ran one workshop focussing on how to secure any rural premises and the tools within. From locks, to door choice and even DNA tools you can use to identify your items. They also discussed what should be done if you are a victim of theft. Our team can advise on the most secure access doors we have available.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service ran an interactive fire safety workshop to highlight the key factors for fire prevention and identification and then how we can assist them if an incident was to occur.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue service provided a joint workshop focussing on the prevention of road traffic collisions and the safe transportation of animals. This was more focussed on our farmer attendees, but we took some key points that were worth sharing with you all:
· Definition of road is where there is a “Public right of passage”….basically if postal workers can get free access along the road then the Road Traffic Act can be enforced.
· If a vehicle is being used for Agriculture / Horticulture or Forestry then can be driven under category “F”
· For non-agriculture (i.e. installation of gas pipe line, haulage of goods for someone else (hire/reward)) then same vehicle requires the driver to have category of licence C+E. (Same as articulated motor lorry)
· Driving a vehicle and trailer combination (non LGV) requires category B+E, which requires additional testing to gain said licence category for those who passed driving test after 1/1/1997.
· It is an offence to have a child under 13 years of age, be a passenger or drive and agricultural vehicle. (on and off road)
· The person in charge of the vehicle is responsible for clearing any mud deposits on the road