Vehicles and equipment – from tractors to woodchippers – are an essential part of rural business and are used by owners and employees alike. It is important that rural landowners ensure that they are compliant with health & safety requirements to avoid accidents and subsequent enforcement action and claims. Different types of equipment carry different risks and are regulated to reflect that.

This guide provides an overview of the issues that landowners and rural employers should consider in relation to:

  1. Work equipment – regulation, inspection and examination
  2. Lifting equipment key duties and requirements for inspection
  3. Insurance and licensing requirements for farm vehicles
  4. All-terrain Vehicles


Kate Donachie

Legal Director

Graeme Leith


Alison Waddell

Practice Development Lawyer