Equipment on farms
Machines such as tractors, augers and post-hole diggers offer huge value to the farming industry however they aren’t without risk.
Machinery accounts for a high proportion of farm injuries or fatalities with tractor accidents being highly represented in farm injury and fatality statistics.
To safely use farm machinery you should:
- plan the work - a few minutes could save you a serious injury
- take your time - most accidents happen when rushing and are preventable
- always switch off a machine, such as an auger PDF, 60.52 KB before undertaking any maintenance
- ensure augers are properly guarded
- ensure tractors are fitted with rollover protection structures to reduce the risk of injury
- check that all machine danger points are guarded e.g. post hole diggers and power take off (PTOs)
- use safety gear including heavy boots, respiratory masks and eye protection
- don't wear loose clothing, jewellery or gloves when using rotating parts
- communicate with others and let them know where you're working
- if you're working alone, carry a mobile phone or two way radio with you.
Silos, augers, field bins and chaser bins
During harvesting season you need to make sure everyone gets home safely during this busy time of the year.
If you are an employer, self-employed person, controller, or owner of a workplace and plant, use this fact sheet PDF, 60.52 KB to help keep your farm safe and productive
Joany Badenhorst was ten years old when her leg was caught in the power take-off shaft of the tractor. She talks about how her life changed after the accident.
Mark, a fifth generation grain farmer from Tamworth is an experienced farmer and knows the dangers of working with machinery. He remembers a situation with an auger that caused serious injuries and could have been fatal.
When changing tyres on farm vehicles it's essential you follow these steps to prevent injury, or even death while working with split rim tyres
- The Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety provides advice on using tractors and machinery safely
- our Child safety on farms fact sheet makes recommendations on keeping children safe on the farm
- steps to being safe around farm machinery are detailed in our Farm machinery fact sheet
- for farmers: National Farmers Federation (NFF)
- for commercial fish operations owners: Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA)
- for forest products growers and support: Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)
- for agriculture and fisheries workers: Australian Workers’ Union (AWU)
- for forestry workers: The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).