Machinery - use it safely

Machinery accidents are caused by a range of factors including:

  • using a machine that is unsuitable for the task
  • failing to follow a safe system of work
  • unsafe methods for clearing blockages or making adjustments

Using machines safely.

Specific machines

Many agricultural machines have potentially dangerous moving parts, which can cause serious or fatal injuries.

Power take-off shafts

A tractor's power take-off (PTO) and the power take-off drive shaft of a machine are very dangerous if used and not correctly guarded.


Before using a machine, check that guards are fitted, and make sure they are:

  • strong enough and securely attached to the machine
  • not easily defeated, for example, require a tool to open, and are self-locking
  • made of the right material. Plastic allows good visibility but may be easily damaged

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Updated 2023-06-02