Putting Safety First at LAMMA 2018

Jan 23, 2018, 11:53 AM by Ruth Sim-Mutch

Certas Energy joined over 850 exhibitors at the East of England Showground in Peterborough for LAMMA, the UK’s leading farm machinery, equipment and services show. It was a bright and breezy first morning on the showground, so we were delighted to be able to invite visitors in from the cold to discuss how we can help keep their farms moving with our range of fuels, lubricants, heating oil and fuel storage solutions.

Joining us at the show were experts from our strategic partner and leading UK fuel storage solutions provider, Kingspan. Featuring a 3,500 litre Fuelmaster Express tank on the stand, Kingspan was on hand to talk through the tank’s features and speak to visitors about how fuel management, storage and monitoring solutions can support safer fuel handling on farms.

To better understand the biggest challenges facing farmers when it comes to fuel storage, we ran a survey at the show asking members of the farming community about their existing fuel management processes and solutions. If you own or lease a fuel storage tank, you can still enter our survey to be in with the chance of winning a keg of beer and a luxury food hamper.

Innovation was a key theme at this year’s show, with multiple examples of machinery and equipment on display across the site to increase productivity and efficiency on farms. In keeping with this trend, visitors to our stand were enthusiastic to hear about the multiple benefits of Shell GTL Fuel, which Certas Energy has been championing as a cleaner burning alternative to diesel. As well as reducing emissions of air pollutants such as Nitrogen Oxide and Particulate Matter, Shell GTL Fuel is free of unwanted components such as sulphur, metals, and aromatics, making it non-toxic and less harmful to the environment and the farming workforce. Shell GTL Fuel is a drop-in fuel, a major benefit of which is that it can be used in existing engines without the need for engine modifications or investment in new vehicles.

It was also fantastic to see LAMMA introduce a new Farm Safety Zone as part of this year’s show, which hosted a series of informative talks on how to boost safety and reduce the number of injuries on farms.

Health and safety is at the heart of everything we do at Certas Energy, and we’re committed to supporting our customers in improving their HSE credentials. Our Safety F1rst initiative sets out our golden rules for keeping safe, including assessing all risks, working safely at height and preventing spills and leaks.

As we all know, the British weather can be unpredictable and the showground was deemed unsafe to open for day two following gale-force winds overnight and in the early hours of the morning. Safety is paramount and we commend the organisers for making the difficult decision to close the event on its second day. Although our time at LAMMA was cut short, the show was a great success and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the farming community in 2018.

To find out more about how Certas Energy can help keep your farm moving, read our Agriculture Brochure