Workshops are essential on a farm but they need to be safe places to work. Around 15.1% of agricultural fatalities involved powered tools, equipment and appliances in 2010 to 2014 combined. SafeWork and from 2007-2016, 19 deaths involved contact with electricity.
It is essential to identify any potential hazards and remove the risk. Making the workshop and job as safe as possible can minimise or eliminate the potential for injury or fatality. Having personal protective equipment (PPE) available to wear is best practice in OHS.
There are many potential hazards in a workshop:
- Badly designed working areas
- Cluttered in walkways
- Electrical power leads
- Welding and grinding equipment
- Power tools
- Hoists used to work on farm vehicles
- Poor lighting
Workshops should be kept tidy and clean to prevent slips, trips, falls and other accidents. For more information on farm workshop safety visit Farm Safe Australia.
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Last updated: 6th February, 2019