Quads and Tractors continue to be the main culprit with farm deaths and injuries.
Quad bike deaths and injuries are a serious issue, specifically in the eastern states of Australia, and there is an ongoing review by the ACCC to induce changes to manufacturing of these handy farm vehicles to make them more stable.
- Traffic Flow – think about the set up of your work yard and sheds. Can you make things flow better, can you rearrange anything to improve the flow of vehicles within the yard and/or shed?
- If you have an old cab-less tractor, purchase and fit a ROPS (Rollover Protection Structure) and a seat belt. The ROPS is now required by law for old tractors. Sota Tractors sell Hercules ROPS & seat belts online & can advise you of which ROPS your specific model tractor needs
- If you have a 9 inch angle grinder, consider getting rid of it. They have a terrible record with death and serious injury. If that’s not an option, don’t use it alone, have someone else present, organise yourself a safe operating procedure to be followed by users
- Leave guards on machinery, augers & equipment and make sure they are in good condition. If you remove guards due to fire risk, then report the issue to the manufacturer and include this scenario within your safe operating procedure
- Have some proof that you maintain your plant & equipment, especially those major elements that could pose a risk if not maintained
- Use a hard cover notebook, folder or phone app and record in-house maintenance you do and the date you did it, keep invoices of maintenance performed by dealers & outsourced repairers
- Have a simple list of safety checks that an operator must do before using that particular machine. You can print this yourself, laminate it and place in each machine
- Paddock maps with power lines highlighted are a great idea, print, laminate and have in machinery along with the height details of each machine
- The IBC challenge! – There are some remarkable retro uses that farmers come up with for old ‘shuttles’ (IBC’s), BUT……… using them as a work cage to lift people is NOT one of them! If you want a work cage/elevated work platform, buy one specifically engineered for the purpose & also undertake training to operate it
- If you use quad bikes, riders must wear a helmet and consider fitting a crush protection device.
I offer more detailed assistance to my members and clients
- Code of Practice – Managing Risks of Plant in the Workplace-v1
- Machinery Guarding – Information Sheet – Farmsafe
- Grain Handling Safety Guide – Farmsafe
- Farm Workshop Safety Guide – Farmsafe
- Farm Machinery Guarding Guide – Farmsafe
- Safe Tractor Operation Guide – Farmsafe
- High Risk Plant – WHS Regulations (SA) 2012