Workshop safety

workshop safety

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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More information:

National Ag Safety Database (US)
Department of Commerce (WA)

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Workshop safety

  • Farm workshops need to be safe work areas.
  • Look at the overall design of the workshop and see if you can make it safer.
  • Identify all potential hazards and use and put strategies in place to minimise or eliminate risk of injury or fatality.
  • Use non slip flooring and steps and provide personal protective equipment for all tasks.
  • Keep children and visitors out of the workshop at all times.

Last updated: 6th February, 2019