- Have some proof that you maintain your plant & equipment, especially those major elements that could pose a risk if not maintained
- Use a hard cover notebook, folder or phone app and record in-house maintenance you do and the date you did it, keep invoices of maintenance performed by dealers & outsourced repairers
- Have a simple list of safety checks that an operator must do before using that particular machine. You can print this yourself, laminate it and place in each machine
- If you have an old cab-less tractor, purchase and fit a ROPS (Rollover Protection Structure) and a seat belt. The ROPS is now required by law for old tractors. Sota Tractors online sell Hercules ROPS
and the seat belts
- If you have a 9 inch angle grinder, consider getting rid of it. They have a terrible record with death and serious injury. If that’s not an option, don’t use it alone, have someone else present
- Leave guards on machinery, augers & equipment and make sure they are in good condition
- Paddock maps with power lines highlighted are a great idea, print, laminate and have in machinery along with the height details of each machine
- The IBC challenge! – There are some remarkable retro uses that farmers come up with for old ‘shuttles’ (IBC’s), BUT……… using them as a work cage to lift people is NOT one of them! If you want a work cage/elevated work platform, buy one specifically engineered for the purpose & also undertake training to operate it
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