Gravesend and Rochester Agricultural Association

Ploughing Match




So far as is reasonably practicable, the Gravesend and Rochester Agricultural Association will do everything possible to ensure the safety of the general public, competitors, exhibitors and members during the Ploughing Match and during its preparation and dismantling.

The Committee of the Ploughing Match has appointed Mr B Stone and Mr J Gore as Safety Officers.

The Safety Officer has the Committee's full authority to maintain safety. He will be in charge of all Health & Safety arrangements for the Ploughing Match and will be responsible for ensuring compliance with all safety standards and rules laid down, and with all safety legislation. All competitors, exhibitors and members will comply with the Safety Officer's directions and decisions on safety matters.

Notwithstanding any specific rule hereafter, safety is the responsibility of all involved in the Ploughing Match in any way, and anyone noticing anything, which might be detrimental to Health & Safety, must take immediate action to allay the situation and report it to the Safety Officer.


  1. No one other than the Driver, and in particular, no child, may ride in or on any tractor or similar vehicle designed to be occupied solely by the Driver.
  2. Riders of ATVs should wear a motor helmet complying with BS5361 or 1976 and should comply fully with the advice contained in Forestry Safety Council Guide No.35
  3. Any plant, machinery or equipment, including ATVs used before, during or after the Ploughing Match may only be operated by an adult fully trained in its use. Any use of equipment by anyone under 13 years of age is prohibited, except for ATVs etc. used for children's rides, which must be run subject to the requirements of the Code of Safe Practice at Fairs.
  4. Any equipment supplied or lent, for use by the organisers, must comply fully with current legislation and standards relevant to its use, and must be properly maintained, particularly with regard to brakes, steering, tyres, horn, hydraulic pipes and connections, and electrical safety. No equipment should be used unless it is considered safe and is fully guarded, properly maintained and complies with relevant legislation.
  5. Plant or machinery must only be operated or demonstrated after ensuring that adequate precautions are taken to protect the operator and bystanders. If any person encroaches into a danger area, operation should cease immediately. Unsafe operation will not be allowed and may lead to eviction from the site and possible legal action by the relevant enforcing authority.
  6. Static exhibits must be created in a way that ensures they present no risk to anyone during the event or during erection or dismantling. In particular, any plant or machinery relying on oil pressure in a ram or similar device to support it must be physically propped to prevent collapse, irrespective of the type of safety device fitted.
  7. Machines or vehicles left unattended must be immobilised to prevent interference from children.
  8. Steam vessels and boilers must have undergone a recent inspection and bear a label indicating the date of inspection and the name of the inspector. Boilers must hold a current boiler certificate and appropriate insurance.
  9. Fairground devices must be operated subject to the requirements of the Code of Safe Practice at Fairs; operators may be required to give written assurance that the code is understood and is being observed.
  10. Liquid petroleum gas appliances used on site must have been recently examined and tested by a competent person, and bear a label showing the date of examination and name of examiner. Their use will not be permitted unless this has been done, and the Safety officer may inspect them at any time to check this.
  11. Fire extinguisher. All stand holders should carry a fire extinguisher on their stand, recently tested and labelled and they and their staff should know (a) Where it is kept or stored (b) How to use it.
  12. Horses
    1. Handlers and rider must be experienced or have basic training in handling horses.
    2. The relevant steward must be informed of any novice horse, handler or rider participating (novice means not having attended more than three shows).
    3. The presence of any stallion must be notified to the relevant steward.
    4. No horse shall be left unattended at any time and, when not wearing a bridle, horses must wear a headstall or halter with which a lead-rein must be used when the horse is not tethered.

    5. No person shall do anything that may cause a horse to become frightened or to be a danger to persons or other horses.
    6. Riders must wear hats complying with relevant BSS.

  13. Other animals including livestock on display are the responsibility of their owners and must be kept under control at all times. Dogs (except when parading, working or performing) must be kept on leads.
  14. The Committee warns the public to stand back from horses, ploughs, tractors and all working machinery. Swinging ploughs are hazardous and animals do have minds of their own. The Committee cannot accept responsibility for any injuries that might be caused.