Farm machinery is associated with approximately 35% of traumatic deaths on farms in Australia. There are also many injuries that are not reported, as well as compensation claims associated with powered machinery and equipment. Many of these injuries have long term disabling effects.
Falls from machinery are a common cause of injury. Combine harvesters, graders, towed implements, unguarded power take off shafts (PTO), augers and chainsaws are all involved in injuries on farms. Tractors are a major cause of death and injury on farms. All these accidents can be avoided by using proper safety procedures.