Farm vehicles

When using any farm vehicles (not including tractors, motorised plant, side x sides, quad bikes or motorbikes), follow this Safe Work Procedure. Refer to the operator’s manual, if necessary, prior to operating the vehicle.

What are the minimum operator requirements?

  • Driver must be under direct supervision until assessed as competent by person in charge of the workplace
  • If driving on a public road, driver must hold a Class 1 Driver License (car license)
  • Driver must have been trained in the correct use of recovery equipment

What equipment do you need?

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may be required, depending on the task the vehicle is being used for (i.e. spraying)
  • Spare wheel and change equipment
  • Recovery equipment

General Procedure

  • Check the vehicle before operation and ensure it has been correctly maintained
  • Use seat belt where fitted
  • Drive to the conditions and your level of ability
  • Scan ahead for obstacles/hazards
  • If in doubt of route, find another one or go back
  • Do not exceed manufacturer’s specifications (i.e. fording, load and towing limits)
  • Ensure that loads are well secured and not able to move
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions when using specialised recovery equipment
  • Remove keys after use to prevent unauthorised access (i.e. children)

What are the risks?

  • Overturning and crushing
  • Collisions with other motor vehicles or objects