It is important that machinery used by farmers is suitable for the task, properly maintained with all dangerous parts covered. All machinery should be serviced and maintained on a regular basis.
Tractors and machinery should be stable and controls in good working order. It is important to remember that machinery cannot be operated safely if operators have not sufficient information and trained.
Many serious farm accidents occur because guards which must be provided by law are damaged or taken off.
PTO shafts are involved in many accidents often with machinery that is stationary e.g. slurry agitation and milling meal.
When buying machinery make sure you:
- Deal with a reputable dealer.
- Tractors and self propelled machinery have a suitable cab.
- The tractor or machine should be easy to maintain long term.
- The operator’s manual should always be provided. It is as important for second hand machinery as new.
When you buy or hire machinery the law states the supplier must provide all necessary guards.
Machinery should be inspected regularly for defects which should be rectified immediately. Always prop machinery when working under hydraulics.
In the off season machinery should be propped or lowered to the ground when not in use.
- Keep in mind there is no roll bar.
- The operator must use his/her body weight to ensure safe operation.
Ensure there is:
- Protective gear – helmet, goggles & gloves.