Farm Machinery Safety: Injuries Associated with Posthole Diggers

  • 35 pages

  • Published: 8 Sep 2006

  • Author(s): J.Miller, Fragar, L., Franklin, R.

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Injury on farms and its prevention is a key issue for Australian agriculture and horticulture industries, and the common causes of farm injury have been well documented in reports and papers.

This report is one of a series of reports of in depth investigations into preventable risk factors associated with operation of specific items of farm machinery.

Posthole diggers are found on many farms, although many are only operated on an infrequent basis as the need arises. This report establishes that most of these items of equipment have significant safety risks and a multifaceted approach to reducing risk of death and serious injury has been recommended.