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10 Top tips to ensure safe deliveries

In order to provide our customers with the best service possible, this article has been developed using best practice advice from the AIC and ForFarmers own knowledge and expertise, it outlines the standards required to protect, not only our employees but you and your assets. 

This guide sets out the key elements ForFarmers believe are critical to achieving the above. For your ease we have broken it down into 10 top tips.

Lorry access

1. Vehicle access

To make a safe delivery to a farm there should be an adequate and safe means of access from the public highway. 

The access road needs to be capable of taking the weight of the agreed delivery vehicle when fully loaded, including when the road conditions are affected by adverse weather i.e. road subsidence. The road should be clear of overhanging obstructions such as trees and branches.

You should tell ForFarmers about any routes that are not suitable for use by delivery vehicles, to avoid damage to domestic driveways and gardens and to avoid putting pedestrians at risk from moving vehicles. 

Children & Livestock

2. Children & livestock

The safety of your children and livestock is paramount, help us to ensure a safe delivery.

Children must be kept clear of the delivery point. It is particularly important that this is effectively enforced during school holidays, weekends and on farms providing holiday accommodation or other recreational facilities.

Farm livestock should not obstruct access to the delivery point. Livestock should be kept secure at all times and it should not be necessary for a driver to enter any livestock pen or building housing livestock to access the delivery point.

Delivery points

3. Delivery points

The delivery point must be:

Free from obstructions including farm machinery & anything else that may cause slips or trips. Clearly marked or easily identified. Free from open drains or ditches within the delivery area. Adequate lighting should be provided wherever possible.


power lines

4. Overhead power lines 

The body of a feed delivery vehicle must not be raised directly below or adjacent to power lines. 

Wherever possible always locate feed delivery points, at least 10 metres horizontally from overhead cables.


Feed bins

5. Feed bins

Feed bins must be in a good state of repair, free from damage and free from excessive corrosion.

Feed bins must also be securely fixed to the ground or secured to another permanent structure to prevent collapse or overturn. It is essential that feed bins are correctly vented. Obstruction to the airflow could lead to severe structural damage. 

Bulk tipping

6. Bulk tipping

There must be firm level ground and no overhead obstructions. 

Raising the body of the loaded vehicle when parked on sloping or uneven ground may result in a vehicle overturning. Road surfaces around the delivery point should be level and firm.

The area surrounding the delivery point must be free from overhead obstructions, particularly overhead electricity power lines and roof structures. When tipping inside buildings, the clearance between the roof and the raised body of the vehicle must be sufficient to allow the feed to be delivered safely without the risk of a roof strike.

Bag deliveries

7. Bag deliveries

Help us to ensure safe deliveries of bagged products.

The preferred method of bag deliveries is using a vehicle mounted forklift truck.The ground surrounding the vehicle, the delivery area and the route to the delivery area should be level & firm. Uneven, inclined or soft ground can result in an overturn. There must be adequate space for the forklift driver to safely operate and manoeuvre the forklift truck around the vehicle whilst unloading.

Loft deliveries

8. Loft deliveries

Access to lofts by the delivery driver should be avoided wherever possible. Lofts should be fitted with fixed delivery pipes both at the connection point & within the loft.

Where loft access is unavoidable, the following requirements are needed, the loft interiors and access routes are well lit and free of tripping hazards. The floors and steps should be in a good state of repair and staircases must be fitted with a handrail and free of water or other materials which may render them slippery. 

Trailer filling

9. Trailer filling

Mobile trailers must be parked on firm and level ground and be securely hitched to a tractor. If this is not possible trailers must be physically chocked.

To avoid putting the driver or the farmer at risk, the trailer body must be in the lowered position during the delivery. This will ensure that it does not roll away or tip over during filling. The delivery driver must be able to discharge feed from ground level, without having to climb on the trailer or use any kind of portable access equipment to connect pipes.

Industrial containers

10. Industrial containers & similar storage 

The feed storage area needs to have sufficient capacity to receive the quantity of feed which has been ordered.

If an industrial container is used to store feed, it must be adequately vented to avoid any dangerous build up of air pressure during discharge of the product. Pressure build up could result in the doors of the container falling or being blown off leading to serious injury to anyone in the immediate area. 


For more information

For more information about deliveries or purchasing a bulk bin please speak to your local ForFarmers account manager, call 0330 678 0982 or online enquire here.