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Farmers use many kinds of machine in farm work. These machines are very useful, but they can also be dangerous. There are practical, simple solutions to reduce the risks of accidents with machines. The proper use of guards, safe feeding devices and good maintenance are the keys to the safe use of machines. Electrical accidents are another serious safety problem among farmers in many countries. In this chapter, practical measures are presented to ensure the safe use of machines, including the safe use of electrical equipment.

Purchase machines that incorporate the necessary safety guards and precautions.

Agricultural machines are large investments that help you increase productivity. However, they may also cause trouble and accidents when some of their parts are not properly guarded. Before you purchase a machine, study its safety aspects carefully to identify all possible dangers. Make sure all dangerous parts are well guarded.

Regular maintenance keeps your machinery safe and working properly. Check all machine parts carefully. Particular care is needed for rotating parts, detachable guards and electrical wires.

Before you purchase a machine, study and check it carefully. Make sure that all moving parts are well guarded, and that electrical wires are well protected. Check whether all feeding and ejection parts work safely. Switch the machine on and test it to see whether it runs well and safely. Ensure that your hands are free from danger while the machine is in motion.
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Keywords: Agriculture; ergonomic checkpoints; ergonomic practitioners; health and safety; training; working conditions; workplace improvements

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2014

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