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Agricultural vehicles are increasingly used in both industrially developed and developing countries. Safety and health in operating these vehicles are closely related to the ergonomics of their design.

This chapter presents practical ideas in improving safety and health conditions in agricultural vehicle operations. In addition to basic machine safety precautions, good, safe cabin design, traffic safety and the prevention of rollover accidents require particular attention.

Purchase and use agricultural vehicles that are appropriately designed for agricultural work, with necessary safety precautions.

Agricultural vehicles are the main causes of serious and fatal accidents on farms. By checking the design and operating procedures of the vehicles before purchasing them, you can greatly reduce the risk of such accidents.

It is particularly important to protect drivers from rollover accidents, falling off or being caught in towed machinery, as these are major risks. It is essential to know whether the vehicles you intend to purchase can be safely operated in actual field conditions.

You need to study not only the machine controls, but also the various risks in different field conditions, including those related to attachments, servicing and climatic conditions. By checking these aspects, you can select vehicles suited to your local situation.
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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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