Plant and machinery

Follow this Safe Work Procedure when operating plant and machinery on the farm.

What are the minimum operator requirements?

  • Operator must be under direct supervision until assessed as competent by person in charge of the workplace.
  • Operator must have sufficient weight, limb size, skill and judgement to control the equipment being used.

What equipment do you need?

  • Personal Protective Equipment is to be worn as required by equipment operator instructions
  • First aid kit

General Procedure

  • When working on the farm alone, refer to the Lone Worker Safe Work Procedure
  • Only use equipment if it is suitable for the task
  • Be familiar with the owner’s manual and all safety decals on the equipment being used
  • Ensure the equipment has been maintained as per manufacturer’s instructions
  • Do not remove equipment guards or safety devices
  • Check that equipment is safe to use
  • Remove or tuck away any items from your person that may get caught in the machines moving parts. This includes long hair, jewelry, loose clothing, etc.
  • Follow equipment safety procedures
  • If working with another person, arrange a method of keeping each other safe before starting work
  • Do not mount or dismount a moving machine
  • Do not carry out any work on the equipment (including removing blockages) while it is under power, including that from other sources
  • Use correct ballast when using 3-point linkages or towed implements

What are the risks?

  • Crushing
  • Lacerations
  • Entrapment
  • Burns