As we all know, every fatality that happens in the farming industry is one too many. For Jane Gurney and her family, this nightmare became a reality when her son Harry Christian-Allan was tragically killed in a trailer accident in 2014. Harry was home from university for the summer and working on a harvest job when the tractor and trailer he was driving crashed into a bridge. The trailer was later found to be poorly maintained with faulty brakes.
In tribute to Harry, the Tilly Your Trailer Initiative was launched. This involves an 18-point inspection, that is carried out on farm, by an authorised mechanic. It is intended for trailers capable of carrying loads of 10t and over, although it can be applied to any braked item typically found on farm. Trailers that pass are given a ‘Tilly Pass’ sticker certificate to be displayed on the trailer’s tailgate. The inspection is also recorded in detail on a uniquely numbered maintenance sheet, that is triplicated. The copies are stored by the farm, the mechanic, and the Tilly Initiative, so there will always be a record safe when needed.
The Tilly Your Trailer is proudly supported by many organisations including the HSE, BCH Road Traffic Policing Unit, Farm Safety Foundation and the NFU.
At the Farm Consultancy Group, we are also proud to say we fully support the Tilly Pass!