Farm machinery: Fact sheet
Farmers and farm workers are at risk of fatal or serious injury when operating or working with tractors, and related implements and attachments.
- Tractors, and related implements and attachments, must be maintained and guarded in line with industry standards and manufacturers' requirements.
- Ensure that tractor implements and attachments are appropriate for the job.
- Be aware of how implements and attachments may affect the handling and performance of the tractor.
- Most tractors must be fitted with roll over protective structures (ROPS).
- Ensure all guards are in place, especially power take off (PTO) guards, and check them regularly for signs of wear and tear.
- If there is a front-end loader on the tractor, or a risk of falling objects in the work area, a falling objects protection structure (FOPS) should be fitted.
- Ensure all tractors are fitted with non-slip, side-access steps that are in good condition.
- Don't allow anyone to ride on the steps, or on implements attached to the tractor, while the tractor is moving.
- Ensure grab rails and hand holds are fit for purpose.
- Always stop the tractor and engage the park brake, before getting off.
- Don't attempt to board a moving tractor.
- If you remove a guard during servicing, ensure it is re-fitted before the tractor is used.
- Conduct pre-operational checks in line with the manufacturers' instructions.
- Ensure workers are properly inducted, trained and supervised, especially inexperienced and young operators.