The Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has called on all contractors to take a zero-tolerance approach to the sharing of TikTok tractor motion videos on social media sites ahead of this year’s silage harvest.
The association has warned that using hand-held mobile phone devices while driving is against the law and could result in penalty points for the driver.
FCI Chief Executive, Michael Moroney, said contractors needed to give clear guidance to their teams before the start of the busy silage period.
“At FCI we are aware of videos being posted to various social media outlets which seem to portray contractor operations during silage harvesting as some form of entertainment,” he said.
“This behaviour undermines the seriousness and operational risks associated with the skill of using high output modern machinery in farm contracting operations. Silage harvesting is a serious business. It functions around high output machines that demand the full concentration of the drivers at all times”.
“FCI recommends a zero tolerance approach where drivers who behave in this way should be sacked from the contractor’s team with immediate effect,” he said.
FCI has so far messaged over 1,200 contractors on its database and through its WhatsApp groups and email system in order to encourage them to take strong action in dealing with the issue.