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Working with machinery is a key part of farming, but it is also one of the leading causes of injury, or even death, on Australian farms.

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About this seminar 

Produced by the National Farmers’ Federation, this short video demonstrates their simple four-step process for managing safety risks. The process involves identifying the hazard, assessing the risk, removing or controlling the risk and then reviewing the work.

Watch as the process is applied to a piece of machinery guarding that poses a potential hazard to a worker, with a practical example for workers on how to help improve safety on their farms.  

Who is this seminar for?

This video will be helpful for farmers and anyone with an interest in safety in the agriculture industry. It may also be informative to small business owners.

About the presenters

Stacey Wordsworth from the National Farmers’ Federation joins Peter O’Connor, a farmer, on-site at Oxton Park, Harden NSW.

The video was produced by the National Farmers’ Federation under a grant provided by Safe Work Australia.

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National Farmers' Federation: Machinery Guarding

Stacey Wordsworth and Peter O'Connor

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Stacey Wordsworth: 
Hi. I'm Stacey from the National Farmers' Federation. Agriculture's a great industry to work in but it can be dangerous and farm machinery is one of the leading causes of injury or even death on Australian farms. However there are four simple steps that you can take to better manage safety on your farm.
Step 1 is identify the hazard, Step 2 - assess the risk, Step 3 - remove or control the risk and Step 4 - review or check your work. Today I'm at Austin Park to talk to Peter about how he manages machinery risk on his farm.
G'day Peter.


Peter O'Connor: 
Hi Stacey. Welcome to Austin Park.


Stacey Wordsworth: 
Thank you. On such a big farm you must have a lot of machinery?


Peter O'Connor:
We certainly do Stacey - lots of tractors and trucks and augers and all the things you need to run an 8,000 hectare property. We have one potential hazard over here. Would you like to come and see it?

Stacey Wordsworth: 
Love to. Let's check it out.

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Stacey Wordsworth: 
So Peter Step 1 of making your farm safer is identifying hazards. What have we got here?

Peter O'Connor: 
Stacey we have a PTO shaft. It is one of the most dangerous things on a machine.

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Stacey Wordsworth: 
Step 2 is assessing the risk. It's really easy to have your clothing or a hand caught in the PTO. What would happen if that occurred?

Peter O'Connor: 
Yeah Stacey you could get very badly injured or you could even get killed.

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Stacey Wordsworth: 
Step 3 is removing or controlling the risk. You could look at replacing the PTO with a motor or hydraulic drive but if that's not a practical option how can you control the risk?

Peter O'Connor: 
Yeah Stacey we've made sure we've got a guard on here and we make sure the cover free wheels and make sure that there is no damage to the cover.

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Peter O'Connor: 
As you can see by this shaft over here, you can see that it's been damaged and the cover has come adrift from the shaft itself. So this cover will need replacing before next harvest.

Stacey Wordsworth: 
So Peter what else do you do to control the risk?

Peter O'Connor: 
We make sure our employees are trained and competent in operating the machine and the implement so they know about the dangers and how to operate them safely.

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Stacey Wordsworth: 
Peter we've been through Step 1 which is identify the hazard, Step 2 - assess the risk, Step 3 - remove or control the risk which brings us to Step 4 - review. So what can we do to check that what we've done is working?

Peter O'Connor: 
Well Stacey we can make sure the cover's in place, make sure that the cover free wheels and make sure that there is no damage to the cover. If we take a step back, we'll get the operator to start the machine and we can check that everything's working properly. Righto.

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Stacey Wordsworth: 
It's important to check what you've done to manage risk. You can use a simple checklist or perhaps you consider using a smartphone or another portable device to take photos and to make notes, and if ever you do have an incident, records help you demonstrate what you've done to keep people safe.

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Peter thanks for showing us how you manage machinery safety on your farm. We're done for the day.

Peter O'Connor: 
Thanks Stacey. It's been great having you here today. It seems hard at first but it becomes a mindset after a while and farm safety is too important not to do.

Stacey Wordsworth: 
Thanks Peter.

Peter O'Connor: 
Thanks Stacey.

Stacey Wordsworth: 
For more information go to farmsafe.org.au.

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