Making Farm Machinery Safer – lessons from injured farmers

  • 84 pages

  • Published: 8 Feb 2008

  • Author(s): Baker, Wayne, Day, Lesley, Stephen, Karen, Voakla, Don

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This report complements the recent series of reports on farm injury by the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (Farm Machinery Injury: Injury involving tractor run-over, Farm Machinery Injury: Injuries associated with posthole diggers, and Farm Machinery Injury: Power take-off shaft guards), outlining preventive strategies for specific items of farm machinery injury. This report undertakes a comparative analysis of the characteristics of farmers who have, and have not, recently sustained a farm work related machinery injury. This comparison was extended to include machinery characteristics. The inclusion of the machines in the study allowed for an in-depth epidemiological and engineering investigation of design features associated with injury.