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Using machines safely

Hazardous areas on agricultural machines

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

Safe Stop

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  • Engage handbrake
  • Controls in neutral
  • Switch off engine (or turn off power)
  • Remove key (or lock-off the power supply)

Have you used your handbrake?Controls in neutral?Have you switched your engine off?Have you taken your key out?

Follow Safe Stop:

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Before you start

Before using a machine, consider the following:

Is the machine operator competent to do the job safely?

Before using the machine

Before working with any machinery, carry out a basic check to make sure that it is in good working order and safe to use. This could include:

Using the machine

When you are working with a machine:

Dealing with blockages or other problems

Finally, don't forget, NEVER: