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MAY 2018
Machinery News
MAY 2018
Machinery News
Machinery safety
a major challenge
Farm machinery was responsible for 42 fatalities from
2008-2017 with a significant increase recorded in the
number of non-fatal injuries associated with tractors
and machinery in the 2017 National Farm Survey. Safe
use of machinery on farms is particularly challenging,
according to the Health and Safety Authority. It says
that farmers, contractors and anyone involved with the
farming sector must prioritise tractor and machinery
safety if deaths and serious injury are to be prevented.
The HSA's clear message is that the operator, the
machine itself and the environment in which they are
working are all key considerations in the safe use of
"The operator must be fully competent, have an
intimate knowledge of all controls, be alert and fit for
work," said Pat Gri n, senior inspector with the HSA.
"The machine must be suitable for the work, checked
before use and properly maintained, particularly
braking systems and all-round visibility."
Work activity should be planned: consider the work
environment; establish one-way systems; minimise
reversing; and eliminate blind corners. And, any person
who is not involved in the work should be kept away
from all machinery, advised the HSA.
Initial checks
Good general condition
Tyre condition/inflation
No fluid leaks
Number plates visible/clean
Trained and competent
Fit to drive
Follows safety rules
Valid licence and insurance
Appropriate personal protective equipment
Windscreen and side windows
in place
Undamaged and clean
View not obscured eg. stickers
Windscreen wipers present and
in good condition
Valid tax and insurance disc
Essential tractor safety checks
The Health and Safety Authority's `Essential Tractor Safety Checks' document
identifies critical issues that should be checked on a weekly basis at least. The HSA
is urging all machine operators to review and become familiar with this document
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