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TreeCareIreland are the only company in Ireland offering LANTRA Awards training courses for ATV handling. These courses are regarded as one of the most comprehensive and up to date courses available in Europe.

 

Downlaod the LANTRA ATV TRAINING brochure here

Downlaod the HSA information sheet for use of ATV in Agriculture and Forestry here.

Key points of HSA information Sheet (for trainees):

The information sheet gives advice on the safe use of sit-astride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
The most important safety issues with sit-astride ATVs are training, wearing personal protective equipment, maintenance and a good knowledge of the terrain.


Accidents

In recent years the number of serious work related accidents involving ATVs has given rise to great concern. Non-fatal accidents are estimated to amount to over 1000 serious injuries per year in the UK. The underlying causes are usually one or more of the following:


  • Lack of structured training and/or experience.

  • Excessive speed;

  • Carrying a passenger or an unbalanced load;

  • Tipping on a bank, ditch, rut or bump;

  • A steep slope combined with other factors, e.g. ground or load conditions;

  • Towing excessive loads with unbraked equipment.


Training


"It is a legal requirement to provide adequate training under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

Under the 2005 Act, an employer must provide such instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to the health and safety of their employees.

The employer must provide adequate training and ensure that ATVs are only ridden by employees who have received appropriate training in their safe use, including the use of any towed equipment or attachments. The same requirements apply to the self-employed.
In addition under the General Application Amendment Regulations 2001 employees must have at their disposal adequate information and written instruction." as taken from the new information sheet.


Protective clothing


Head protection is vital not optional. At present a motorcycle helmet to BS 6658: is recommended, but other helmets head protection which meets BSEN1384:1997 is also acceptable.
Strong coveralls and gloves are recommended and eye protection complying with EN166.


Farmers Journal Article: Addressing the requirement for more ATV rider training by Derek Casey