Plant includes machinery, equipment, appliances and tools used at work.
Specific examples of plant common in the agriculture industry include tractors, quad bikes, harvesters and other farm vehicles, power tools, post-hole diggers, augers, power take-off shafts, conveyors, bin tippers, telehandlers and fork lifts.
Plant is a major cause of injury and death in the agriculture industry. Risks include:
- amputated limbs from unguarded moving parts
- being crushed
- injuries from falls while accessing, using or maintaining plant
- electric shocks from energised plant or from using plant around power lines
- musculoskeletal problems from manually handling or using poorly designed plant
- burns or scalds from exposure to hot surfaces, flames or liquids
- hearing loss from noisy plant.
|As a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) you have a duty to keep yourself, your workers and others safe from risks associated with plant. You must eliminate or minimise risks so far as is reasonably practicable.
|Your PCBU has a duty to keep you and your workplace safe from risks associated with plant. You also have a duty to take reasonable care of your safety and that of others in the workplace.
Workers operating some types of plant may also need to hold a high risk work licence.
If you manage or control plant, you must manage risks to keep yourself and others safe.
See Part 5.1 of the model WHS Regulations for more information.