Farming Safely with Farm Machinery
Nearly half of farm accidents are caused by tractors, farm vehicles and machinery. Inexperienced operators, lack of concentration, human error, time pressure and unguarded parts like PTO shaft are the main causes of accidents. Teagasc Machinery Specialist, Francis Quigley has more here
It is important that machinery used is suitable for the task, properly maintained with all dangerous parts covered. All machinery should be serviced and maintained on a regular basis.
Top Tips for Safety with Farm Machinery
- Ensure your tractor is in good working order with brakes, tyres, mirrors, lights, wipers and indicators in good shape
- Watch out for blind spots
- Always be aware of people around the farm or on the road
- Speed kills - slow down!
- Allow plenty of time to do a job
- Only allow competenet and experienced people to operate machinery
- Never allow Under 7s to travel in tractors
- Trailer loads should always be secured - don't allow anyone to ride in trailers
- Always turn off engine power and remove keys before going to free a blockage and remove keys
In this short video clip, hear all of the top tips from Teagasc Machinery Specialist, Francis Quigley on farming safe with farm machinery
Check out the Farm Safety Week Section on the Teagasc Website.